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"Queer girl with a nose ring" rocks the Last Night of the Proms

Self-professed "queer girl with a nose ring" Jamie Barton was the undisputed star of the Last Night of the Proms.

The US mezzo-soprano, who took to the stage waving a Pride flag, said her mission was to "unify the audience".

And, with a sensuous reading of Bizet's Habañera and a wistful Over The Rainbow, she achieved her goal.

"We are witnessing something rather remarkable," said Radio 3's Petroc Trelawney. "That moment an audience falls in love with a singer."

His co-presenter Georgia Mann praised Barton's "heavenly warmth" and said her voice was "so rich, it's like bathing in a really beautiful bubble bath".

"There was a wave of love and acceptance and appreciation," observed conductor Sakari Oramo, following her performance at London's Royal Albert Hall.

Viewers at home seemed to agree.

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