Some Jubilee viewers didn’t realise Diana Ross sang Chain Reaction before Steps

Tonight’s Platinum Jubilee concert for the Queen ended in spectacular fashion, with the one and only Diana Ross taking to the stage to bring the festivities outside Buckingham Palace to a close.

However, her performance of Chain Reaction sparked a mind-boggling reaction from some people watching the programme on BBC One at home… as they questioned why the singer was belting out a Steps track.

Yes, really.

Steps did, of course, famously release a song called Chain Reaction in 2001 which reached number two in the UK charts, with the music video depicting the pop group as paramedics and patients at a hospital.

But – for all of you somehow unaware of this up until now – the original version of the song was released by Diana 16 years earlier in 1985 as part of her 16th studio album Eaten Alive. Class adjourned.

The song, which was written by the Bee Gees, even achieved the former Supremes star her second number one on the UK charts.

While some were obviously aware that the track is a Diana classic, others less familiar with her discography were left scratching their heads as they questioned why she was performing a cover of a Steps song… several of whom were quickly corrected.

‘Never thought I’d see Diana Ross covering Steps,’ one person tweeted, while another wrote: ‘Just asked mum why Diana Ross is singing a Steps song….oops.’

Some admitted they had only just stumbled upon the discovery of Chain Reaction’s origin, with one Twitter user sharing: ‘Wait chain reaction was originally by Diana Ross not Steps? My entire life has been a lie.’

‘Anyone else only just found out Chain Reaction was a Diana Ross song before it was a Steps song? My life will never be the same,’ another put.

Sir Rod Stewart revealed during his time on stage that the BBC had ‘made him’ perform sporting favourite Sweet Caroline, while comedian Lee Mack used his time on stage to make a cutting dig about partygate, while Boris Johnson was sitting in the royal box.

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee concert will be available to watch on BBC iPlayer.

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Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee 2022

Dust off your Union Jack bunting, Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee is well and truly upon us.

Taking place from Thursday, June 2, to Sunday, June 5, the celebrations mark Her Majesty’s record-breaking 70th year on the throne.

Across the UK, there will be street parties, concerts, and other special events attended by the Queen and senior members of the Royal Family.

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