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Hozier approves of Demi Lovato's cover of ‘Take Me To Church’

Published 11/09/2015 | 10:07

Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known as Hozier, on the Virgin Media Stage, during day one of the V Festival, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

What happens when you cross the vocals of a former Disney pop princess with a song fraught with religious, sexual and political connotations?

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That is what happened when US singer Demi Lovato covered Hozier's instantly recognisable 'Take Me To Church' for the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge this week.

Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known as Hozier, on the Virgin Media Stage, during day one of the V Festival, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Andrew Hozier-Byrne, known as Hozier, on the Virgin Media Stage, during day one of the V Festival, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The video of the 23-year-old chart topper performing the song has already racked up 2 million views in two days and applause from media outlets across the world.

In fact, even Wicklow native Hozier - real name Andrew Byrne - was a fan of her rendition.

Singer Demi Lovato. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Singer Demi Lovato. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

"Hey! Huge thank you to @ddlovato for doing this gorgeous cover of TMTC in the #LiveLounge today. Very Flattered," the 25-year-old praised on his Twitter account.

Former Camp Rock star Demi replied to thank him, and credit him for writing such an "incredible song".

The track, originally released in September 2013, propelled the unassuming singer to international fame when it went viral thanks to its powerful content.

With lyrics like, "I'll worship like a dog at the shrine of your lies / I'll tell you my sins and you can sharpen your knife / Offer me that deathless death / Good God, let me give you my life," the song is essentially a metaphor comparing a lover to religion.

"I found the experience of falling in love or being in love was a death, a death of everything. You kind of watch yourself die in a wonderful way, and you experience for the briefest moment – if you see yourself for a moment through their eyes – everything you believed about yourself gone. In a death-and-rebirth sense," Hozier said at the time of its release.

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