Crowds flock to see Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am carry Olympic torch in Taunton
20:06 GMT, 21 May 2012
The Voice judge Will.i.am carried the Olympic Torch on Tuesday.
The Black Eyed Peas star was cheered on by thousands of people as he ran through Taunton carrying the flame.
The United States-born music producer was a surprise addition to the line-up on day three of the relay.
Where is the love: Black Eyed Peas star Will.i.am carried the Olympic torch through Taunton
Will.i.am, 37, looked at ease in the warm weather as he jogged through the Somerset town centre.
The Metropolitan Police Torch Security Team, which runs alongside the torchbearer, kept a watchful eye on the cheering crowd.
The music producer's torch was 'kissed' by that held by 26-year-old taekwondo instructor Chloe Lock, from Honiton, Devon, to light the flame.
Popular man: The crowds flock to see Will.i.am
Before he started running he was passed his mobile phone and was tweeting as he set off down the road under Union Flag bunting and surrounded by screaming fans.
He held his phone in the air indicating to people to follow him on the social networking site.
After a couple minutes he waved to the crowd while smiling broadly.
Crowd pleaser: Will.i.am carries the torch to the cheers of the watching crowd
Multitasking: Will.i.am looks at his phone while carrying the torch
He also turned around to perform a short moonwalk to the delight of onlookers.
Thousands turned out to watch the torch travel through the town unaware of the surprise appearance.
They waved colourful flags and children held homemade torches made from bright yellow and red paper.
Will.i.am's turn in the relay was over in under five minutes when he passed the flame to the next runner, biathlete Emma Fowler.
Speaking after his run, the music star said: 'That was like a surreal moment.
'I remember in 1984 the Olympics in Los Angeles, me being a little Will watching it on TV wishing I could be at the Olympic Games.
'I had that flashback when they handed me the torch to run in Taunton.
'It's like a blast moment and a surreal moment and a can't believe it moment all at the same time.
'I got a little more nervous this time than all the things I have done.
'I am not holding a flame when I am performing in front of people and the last thing you want to do is make a mistake with fire in your hands.'
Will.i.am said: 'I'm a huge Olympics fan. I want to see the swimming match, I want to see Usain Bolt.
'I want to see if he's really that fast because I want to race him one day. I wouldn't win but I want to see how close I would come.'
The star said he was amazed at the number of people who had turned the relay through Taunton into a real family occasion.
On the run: Will.i.am jogs through the streets of Taunton
Job done: Will.i.am passes the Olympic flame to Emma Fowler on the relay leg through Taunton
'I just saw everyone coming out, excited that the running of the torch was here in their neighbourhood, in their city and pride for the city,' he said.
'To see families and little kids and their parents and everyone just having a good time – I am so glad I came here. It's great people, great energy, a great vibe.
'There's one area, it's like a village of houses and it looked like the neighbourhood I came from in Boyle Heights, where the neighbours looked after the neighbours, and it looked like a real community and that reminded me of the community I come from.'
He confessed he had never been to a cricket ground before and added: 'But I reckon I would be pretty good.'
There were no mishaps for Will.i.am, real name William Adams, unlike earlier when the torch went out for the first time during the 2012 relay and had to be relit.