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Watch: 'It gave me chills' - Simon Cowell stunned by star-studded single in aid of Grenfell Tower

Simon Cowell has said the charity single in aid of those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire in London "gave him chills".

The music mogul gathered a host of famous faces on Tuesday to record a version of Simon and Garfunkel's Bridge Over Troubled Water.

Speaking before heading into the recording studio he said he has been amazed he could pull together so many artists to perform on the track.

"It has been an absolute team effort," he added. "Everyone chipped in, every record label, all the artists, it's been incredible."

After the recording took place, he was asked if he was happy with the final result. He said: "Unbelievable, I had chills. It sounds beautiful, absolutely beautiful. I am literally speechless."

Among those performing on the charity track are Robbie Williams, Leona Lewis, Jessie J, Pixie Lott, Shane Filan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, Stormzy, Craig David, Skepta, James Arthur, Emeli Sande, and Matt Terry.

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"It's gone incredibly well," Robbie Williams said outside the recording studio. "Obviously (it's been) a mental few days but everybody is buzzing in there. Everybody is giving there time and is doing a brilliant job. I love being here and I love singing here today."

Pixie Lott added: "I just think anything that is going to help raise money is important. It is devastating what happened and anything that we can do to help, we should."

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Irish star Shane Filan said: "What has happened is just terrible and very sad and I think the lyrics for this song are just perect."

A total of 79 people are either dead or missing presumed dead following the fire at Grenfell Tower in North Kensington, London on Wednesday.

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