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Cowell teams up with Osbourne for tsunami relief

Elton John, Ozzy Osbourne agree to perform on remake of 'Tears from Heaven'
/ Source: The Associated Press

“American Idol” judge Simon Cowell said Friday he is working with Sharon Osbourne on producing a single to raise money for tsunami relief.

Cowell said he and Osbourne hoped to produce a version of Eric Clapton’s “Tears in Heaven” to raise money for victims of the Indian Ocean disaster.

“I’m talking to Sharon Osbourne about it at the moment,” Cowell told The Associated Press. “If we can get the right people on board, we’ll do it.”

Elton John, Rod Stewart, Gwen Stefani and Ozzy Osbourne have reportedly agreed to perform on the single.

Cowell said Clapton’s soulful song, written following the death of the guitarist’s 4-year-old son Conor in 1991, “just came to me instantly as the perfect song.”

“Lyrically, it fits what’s going on at the moment,” he said. “If you’re going to make a charity record, if you want to raise money, you have to make it emotive.”

Cowell and Sharon, Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, are fellow judges and sparring partners on the British reality talent show “X Factor.”

Clapton is to perform at a tsunami charity concert in Cardiff, Wales, on Jan. 22, Millennium Stadium managers announced Friday.