He's not an athlete, he's not British so why is Will.i.am carrying the Olympic flame
01:49 GMT, 22 May 2012
The majority of the 8,000 torchbearers were selected after being nominated by friends and family for their work in the community.
But American star and The Voice judge Will.i.am also somehow managed to score a spot in today’s procession and ran a mile with the Olympic torch through Taunton, Somerset.
The 37-year-old, who has admitted to be obsessed with Twitter, kept his fans up-to-date by tweeting furiously throughout the run.
Once in a lifetime experience: Will.i.am took part in the Olympic torch relay today and ran a mile carrying the Olympic flame but kept his fans up to day on Twitter
Will was the 109th runner to take part in the 70-day 8,000 mile torch relay and he certainly proved a crowd pleaser in the sleepy town.
The musician found time to pose up with plenty of fans along his short route with the flame and posted several pictures to Twitter.
The Black Eyed Peas star, whose real name is William James Adams Jr, posted: 'Its nuts here in taurton…so much excitement…#runningthetorch.'
Big honour: The musician appeared delighted at being given a spot to carry the torch and was the 109th runner in the 70 day, 8000 mile run
Big gig: Crowds of hundreds of people lined the streets in Taunton, Somerset
He also posted: 'Crazy energy in the UK.'
'#TWEETtheTORCH thank you coca.cola for this once in a life time experience to come to taunton and #runthetorch…'
The 70-day relay started in Land’s End on Saturday and will finish on July 27 at the opening ceremony of the Games.
Snappy dresser: The white tracksuit was not his usual attire but Will.i.am jazzed the ensemble up with a pair of studded shoes
Picking up speed: The Black Eyed Peas star was seen running along while fans cheered along
High energy: William tweeted: 'Its nuts here in taurton…so much excitement'
Many of the torchbearers have listed the torch for sale on Ebay with some wanting 100,000 for the piece of history.
It cost 495 to make each torch, but runners were offered the chance to buy them for just 215 while those who won their places through sponsors such as Coca-Cola were given them free.
But Will.i.am told fans he was taking his torch home and posted a picture of himself outside a helicopter following the event.