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Coldplay‘s Chris Martin has said he is “grateful” for the The X Factor because of the dearth of other music programmes on television.

In an interview with Absolute Radio, the frontman claimed that the show, which he said had “great songs on it every week”, was increasingly important because of the lack of other alternatives.

With Coldplay set to perform on the final of the programme, which takes place this weekend (December 11), Martin said: “We feel really 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 Later With Jools Holland, that gives you that,” he added. “So we were like, ‘Thank you we’d love to’. 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.”

The frontman went on to add:

It always has great songs on it every week. [There’s] no CD:UK. No Top Of The Pops. No MTV, really.

Coldplay will play a massive UK tour next summer, playing a total of seven shows at football stadiums, including three nights at Arsenal FC’s Emirates Stadium. They will also play a short UK arena tour next month as well as a fundraising gig at London‘s O2 Arena to raise money for the children’s charity Kids Company.

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