Coldplay have said they feel "really grateful" after being invited to play The X Factor 2011 final this weekend. The British band, who previously said they'd never perform on the show, today explained their reasons for the backtrack.
The band's lead singer Chris Martin told Absolute Radio: "We really feel grateful for it because they don't often have bands on and we get to play what we want to play and play songs that we wrote, and no-one's asking us to change anything. It's amazing.
"There's no other TV show, really, except for Jools Holland, that gives you that. So we were like, 'Thank you, we'd love to'"
But anticipating criticism for the decision, Martin added: "I understand that there are people who are musically not into it, but I don't agree with them and I say that with all respect. I really love it and I think the music's great."
He also insisted that the show was "important" to the current UK music scene, saying: "It always has great songs on it every week. [There's] no CD:UK. No Top of the Pops. No MTV, really."
And asked about being judged by the show's panel, Martin joked: "We've heard many crazy opinions from many people over the years, so four more won't hurt!"
Coldplay are among a number of stars lined up for the show at Wembley Arena on Saturday, with others including Leona Lewis, JLS, One Direction and Michael Buble.