It's the most unlikely collaboration of the year...

‘POP IDOL’ runner-up GARETH GATES is to record a duet with ROMEO from controversial garage collective SO SOLID CREW.

AndGates says the most unlikely collaboration of the year will be more R&B than pop.

According to today’s (October 27) News Of The World, Gates says he expects the song to be released early next year.

He also joked: “I’ll change my name to be part of the crew, probably MC G”.

While Gates has a squeaky clean image, So Solid Crew’s career has been hit by controversy – two crowd members were shot and injured at one of the band’s London gigs last year and member Asher D was jailed earlier this year for firearms offences.