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Snow Patrol team up with X Factor judge Cheryl Cole

By Maureen Coleman

Snow Patrol have hooked up with X Factor superstar Cheryl Cole to perform one of their hits and declared: “She can actually sing.”

The Northern Ireland indie band and festival favourites put paid to claims that the Girls Aloud star relies on her looks rather than her vocals after meeting up with her yesterday for rehearsals ahead of next week’s Children in Need concert.

In a collaboration which is sure to surprise many of Snow Patrol’s fans, the band will duet with the X Factor judge. Cheryl will sing Martha Wainwright’s lines on the Snow Patrol song Set The Fire To The Third Bar, taken from the album Eyes Open.

The thumbs-up from Snow |Patrol comes after her recent X Factor performance was criticised by some sections of the Press.

She performed parts of her single Fight For This Love live, but mimed the other parts when she had to dance. The performance was praised by Simon Cowell who told her he was very proud of her.

The song went straight to number one in the charts following its X Factor debut.

The band’s Bangor-born drummer Jonny Quinn admitted the duet was not something the five-piece would normally consider doing, but that they had agreed because it was for charity.

And he said they were all impressed with Cheryl’s singing.

Speaking after rehearsals in London yesterday, Jonny said: “Gary Barlow from Take That asked us if we’d be interested in singing a duet with Cheryl Cole for Children in Need. It’s maybe not the path we would normally choose to go down, but because it was for charity we agreed.

“Also, we wanted to do something unexpected and thought it would make an interesting collaboration to work with Cheryl Cole. When you see Girls Aloud on television or Cheryl performing on the X Factor, you’re not sure if it’s live or not so it’s hard to judge, but she sang live with us and she was really good.

“She knew the words and harmonies and had a really good voice.”

Jonny said the band were pleased with their collaboration and that they hoped it would |surprise many people.

And he said they had been on their best behaviour around the popstar — who is regularly voted the world’s most beautiful woman.

“Yeah, she looked lovely, even in a big jacket. But there were about 20 people in the room with her so I don’t think the guys in the band would have had much of a chance to chat her up,” he said.

And he didn’t rule out possible collaborations with the sexy singer in the future.

“We share the same record company so maybe they’ll come up with something,” he added.

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