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25 June 2023, 22:19 | Updated: 25 June 2023, 22:23
Elton John's final ever UK live performance promised to be something spectacular.
At the tail end of his five-year-long global Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour, Elton finally said farewell to his adoring UK fans, before completing the tour in Stockholm, Sweden in July 2023.
As expected, his tour has become the highest-grossing of all time, as fans clamour for one last chance to see Elton John sing his beloved classic in the flesh. So he's pocketed a fair bit of dosh from his shows, and there were no expenses spared for his Glastonbury slot.
Tongues were already wagging in regards to who Elton will invite on stage with him, and his husband David Furnish nearly let the cat out of the bag in a recent interview.
He confirmed he'll be bringing "four collaborators of his choosing" to the hallowed Pyramid Stage across the setlist.
David said: "He just thought, 'I'd really like to do something with these artists at Glastonbury. And that's all I'm going to say."
Pressed further on who it'd be, David replied: "Sorry. I am sworn to secrecy. This one is very special. It is not just another day in office. It's a different setlist - it's a huge outdoor live festival."
"He's got four different collaborators joining him on stage at different times, who I won't name, sorry," David continued, sending the rumour mill into overdrive.
With rumours abound, fans may have been left slightly disappointed that the likes of Britney Spears, Dua Lipa, Kiki Dee or Rod Stewart didn't make an appearance.
In the end, the guests were:
These were our guesses before the show started:
It'd be a crying shame if former collaborator Kiki Dee didn't join Elton for his final time on a UK stage.
Hearing 'Don't Go Breaking My Heart' at Worthy Farm would no doubt be a moment to savour.
After posting a cryptic image of an apple with three Union Jack flags at the caption on Instagram, Britney Spears joining Elton could be very likely.
The pair duetted on a 'Hold Me Closer' in 2022, a reworking of Elton's classic ballad 'Tiny Dancer', and her activity on social media is a huge hint.
She joined him at his Farewell from Dodger Stadium concert back in 2022, so could Dua be set for another on-stage reunion?
Lady Gaga invited Sir Elton to collaborate on her 2020 album, Chromatica, for 'Sine From Above'.
He's set to perform at BST Hyde Park on 7th July 2023, so could very well be in the UK already planning something special.
This is the collaboration that everybody seemingly wants to see, and the sheer force of public expectation could even will it into being.
It'd be a huge coup for Elton and everyone at Glastonbury if he managed to coax rap legend Eminem into appearing alongside him.
They've been dear friends since 2001 after they performed chart-topper 'Stan' together at the Grammy Awards that year, with Elton frequently gushing about the star saying how much he "adores" Eminem.
Elton was also there to help guide Eminem out of his drug addiction - their bond runs deep, and the rapper may return the favour in the most spectacular way.
It's all in good faith of course, so maybe the pair could put away the handbags for an epic coming together during Elton's final UK show?
The actor accompanied Elton for a rendition of 'Tiny Dancer' at his Oscars party in 2019, so getting back together is definitely on the cards.