Former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson has been asked to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration.
The reality show runner-up, 30, announced on her Twitter page on Monday that she had been approached by the new President to sing at the ceremony in Washington D.C., scheduled for 20 January.
Strength to strength: Rebecca has most recently seen the release of her fourth studio record Superwoman, which she is currently following up with a successful UK tour

However, the singer noted she would only go through with the appearance if she was allowed to sing Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit - a track controversial in 1930s America for protesting racism.
He's a fan: The reality show runner-up announced on Twitter that she had been approached by the new President (above) to sing at the Washington DC ceremony, scheduled for 20 January
The Liverpool native, who came second on The X Factor back in 2010, confirmed she had been asked by Trump to perform - despite world-wide superstars Beyonce and Aretha Franklin taking to the stage at the ceremonies for Barack Obama.
Agreement: She said: '[If I am allowed to sing the] song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington'

Addressing the matter on the social media site, she wrote: 'I've been asked and this is my answer.'
'If you allow me to sing 'Strange Fruit' a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. 
Deal breaker: However the singer, who rose to fame on the X Factor in 2010 (above) said she will only perform if she can sing Strange Fruit - a track protesting racism
'A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. 
'A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington. Best Rebecca X'
The song, performed most famously by jazz legend Billie Holiday, is a somewhat bold choice for the Republican's ceremony, as the lyrics protest against the issue of racism.  Originally constructed as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, the song discusses the brutal lynchings of African Americans - which were rife in the Deep South at the time of writing.
The track opens with the lyrics: 'Southern trees bear a strange fruit, blood on the leaves and blood at the root, black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, strange fruit hanging from the poplar tree.'
Representatives of Rebecca declined to comment to MailOnline.  
The unexpected request is set to mark a high point in Rebecca's career - no doubt helping to increase her fan base over in the States, after finding UK success in light of her appearance on the seventh series of the X Factor.
In demand: Former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson (above) has been asked to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration

Placing in second behind Matt Cardle, she was signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music soon after.Upwards: The unexpected request is set to mark a high point in Rebecca's career - heightening her popularity in the States after finding UK success since the X Factor (above)
Her debut record Heaven, released in 2011, rocketed to number 3 on the UK album chart - overtaking the success of the show's winner Matt.
She suffered a minor hiccup in 2012 however, when she sacked her management and took them to court after accusing them of overworking her. 
The mother-of-two launched a scathing Twitter attack on her handlers, claiming she was subjected to such punishing work conditions that she collapsed. 


However, after another two top 10 albums, Rebecca has most recently seen the release of her fourth studio record Superwoman, which she is currently following up with a successful UK tour.
While she embarked on a US tour in 2013, the singer has found far less success with her music over in the United States.  
However according to The Wrap, the President-Elect is struggling to find acts to perform at his inauguration, in light of his controversial campaign.
The site reports that Trump is now willing to pay the act who agrees to perform, in order to draw in a top musician. A fee has never been made to a musical performer before at a Presidential welcome.

X Factor runner-up Rebecca Ferguson 'graciously accepts' invitation to sing at Donald Trump's inauguration... if she can perform track protesting racism

Former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson has been asked to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration.
The reality show runner-up, 30, announced on her Twitter page on Monday that she had been approached by the new President to sing at the ceremony in Washington D.C., scheduled for 20 January.
Strength to strength: Rebecca has most recently seen the release of her fourth studio record Superwoman, which she is currently following up with a successful UK tour

However, the singer noted she would only go through with the appearance if she was allowed to sing Billie Holiday's Strange Fruit - a track controversial in 1930s America for protesting racism.
He's a fan: The reality show runner-up announced on Twitter that she had been approached by the new President (above) to sing at the Washington DC ceremony, scheduled for 20 January
The Liverpool native, who came second on The X Factor back in 2010, confirmed she had been asked by Trump to perform - despite world-wide superstars Beyonce and Aretha Franklin taking to the stage at the ceremonies for Barack Obama.
Agreement: She said: '[If I am allowed to sing the] song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington'

Addressing the matter on the social media site, she wrote: 'I've been asked and this is my answer.'
'If you allow me to sing 'Strange Fruit' a song that has huge historical importance, a song that was blacklisted in the United States for being too controversial. 
Deal breaker: However the singer, who rose to fame on the X Factor in 2010 (above) said she will only perform if she can sing Strange Fruit - a track protesting racism
'A song that speaks to all the disregarded and down trodden black people in the United States. 
'A song that is a reminder of how love is the only thing that will conquer all the hatred in this world, then I will graciously accept your invitation and see you in Washington. Best Rebecca X'
The song, performed most famously by jazz legend Billie Holiday, is a somewhat bold choice for the Republican's ceremony, as the lyrics protest against the issue of racism.  Originally constructed as a poem by Abel Meeropol in 1937, the song discusses the brutal lynchings of African Americans - which were rife in the Deep South at the time of writing.
The track opens with the lyrics: 'Southern trees bear a strange fruit, blood on the leaves and blood at the root, black bodies swinging in the southern breeze, strange fruit hanging from the poplar tree.'
Representatives of Rebecca declined to comment to MailOnline.  
The unexpected request is set to mark a high point in Rebecca's career - no doubt helping to increase her fan base over in the States, after finding UK success in light of her appearance on the seventh series of the X Factor.
In demand: Former X Factor contestant Rebecca Ferguson (above) has been asked to perform at Donald Trump's inauguration

Placing in second behind Matt Cardle, she was signed to Simon Cowell's record label Syco Music soon after.Upwards: The unexpected request is set to mark a high point in Rebecca's career - heightening her popularity in the States after finding UK success since the X Factor (above)
Her debut record Heaven, released in 2011, rocketed to number 3 on the UK album chart - overtaking the success of the show's winner Matt.
She suffered a minor hiccup in 2012 however, when she sacked her management and took them to court after accusing them of overworking her. 
The mother-of-two launched a scathing Twitter attack on her handlers, claiming she was subjected to such punishing work conditions that she collapsed. 


However, after another two top 10 albums, Rebecca has most recently seen the release of her fourth studio record Superwoman, which she is currently following up with a successful UK tour.
While she embarked on a US tour in 2013, the singer has found far less success with her music over in the United States.  
However according to The Wrap, the President-Elect is struggling to find acts to perform at his inauguration, in light of his controversial campaign.
The site reports that Trump is now willing to pay the act who agrees to perform, in order to draw in a top musician. A fee has never been made to a musical performer before at a Presidential welcome.

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