Cole 'gutted' to miss charity show
Gary Barlow said Cheryl Cole was "gutted" to have missed a big Children In Need show.
The X-Factor judge and Take That maestro was to sing a duet with the Girls Aloud star as part of a curtain-raiser ahead of Friday's annual BBC fundraising marathon.
But Cheryl was forced to pull out of the event in Manchester, where Lady Gaga and Coldplay headlined, after suffering from pharyngitis.
Gary, speaking ahead of the Children In Need Rocks Manchester event at the Manchester Evening News arena, spoke of Cheryl's disappointment.
"She was really excited, she was expecting this to be her one performance of the year and she's gutted," he said.
Gary also joked he could not find a replacement despite more than a dozen top acts on the bill.
"I've knocked on every dressing-room door and no-one's interested!" he said, before adding: "I decided pretty much I didn't want to replace her because it was going to be a nice moment for her tonight."
Gary would not reveal the song they were to perform but also hinted the two might yet combine to perform the mystery track in the future. "I'm not going to tell you because there might be something else we do it on," he said.
The Patience singer, who has put together a stellar line-up for the show, said he did not want the huge responsibility of organising an annual event following the Children In Need concert at the Royal Albert Hall in 2009.
But he said he wanted this year's event to be held in Manchester and it came as a welcome distraction from The X Factor. He added: "Definitely! We are all in a bubble down there. It's actually nice to leave London for a few days as well."