THE Queen could be in for some competition — Stormzy will read a passage from the Bible on Christmas Day.
The grime star (pictured), 26, will recite from Luke’s Gospel in a BBC One programme.
But his broadcast will air at 11.50pm as Christmas Day is drawing to a close, while the Queen’s Christmas Broadcast, in which she delivers her annual address, keeps to its usual timeslot of 3pm.
Stormzy will tell the story of the ‘first ever Christmas, when angels appeared to shepherds to proclaim the news of the birth of Jesus’, the BBC said.
Daisy Scalchi, specialist factual commissioning editor, said: ‘Stormzy has consistently celebrated his faith and spirituality through his music and we are hugely excited that he is bringing Christmas day to a close on BBC One with his reading from St Luke’s Gospel.’
Hugh Faupel, executive producer at BBC Studios, said: ‘Every year we look for people to bring the Christmas story alive.
‘This year we are delighted that Stormzy accepted the invitation to retell the timeless story of the first Christmas and hopefully bring it to a new audience.’
The programme will also feature Libera, an all-boys choir made up of seven to 16-year-olds from south London schools, which will perform the Basque carol Sing Lullaby.
Stormzy was the first black British solo artist to headline Glastonbury earlier this year.
He recently released his second album, Heavy Is The Head.
On Christmas Night will air at 11.50pm on Wednesday, December 25 on BBC One