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Simon Cowell organising Haiti earthquake appeal single

By Tim Masters
Entertainment correspondent, BBC News

Simon Cowell
Simon Cowell said he would be trying to get the record together in 48 hours

Talent show mogul Simon Cowell has confirmed he is organising a charity single to raise funds for the Haiti earthquake appeal.

Speaking at the National Television Awards in London, he said he had had a request to record a single from Prime Minister Gordon Brown and the Sun.

Cowell also said he had a "couple of ideas" about which cover version to do.

X Factor judge and Girls Aloud star Cheryl Cole gave the plan her backing, saying she would love to be involved.

Cowell's X Factor show won the prize for most popular talent show at Wednesday's awards ceremony.

Speaking afterwards, he said of the single: "We made a decision today. We had a request from the prime minister and the Sun newspaper - would we put a record together?

"We haven't got an awful lot of time, but we are going to do something and attempt to raise as much money as possible.

"I've got to try and get it all together in about 48 hours."

Asked if the single would include artists like 2006 X Factor winner Leona Lewis and 2009 Britain's Got Talent runner-up Susan Boyle, he said: "As many people as possible, whoever we've got available is going to be on the record."

Cole said: "I think it's a fantastic thing to do, I'd love to be involved in it."

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