23/09/2011 08:02

By Kim Dawson with James Cabooter

WESTLIFE have joined forces with rival manband Take That for their new single.

The Irish heart-throbs return with Lighthouse next month, a track penned especially for them by TT mainman turned X Factor judge Gary Barlow, 40.

The lads hope the sweeping single can do for them what Gary’s songs did for Take That’s big comeback.

Loifer Mark Feehily, 31, told me: “Lighthouse was written for us by Gary with John Shanks.

“They wrote Patience for Take That so we’re confident we have a great team behind our new song.”

Nicky Byrne, 32, explained: “Some people might think Gary would be seen as the competition but we don’t at all. It’s kind of cool he’s written for us.”

Mark agreed: “I love the idea of Gary writing for us and throwing all the rules out the window.”

Lighthouse is one of six new tracks the band have recorded for a fresh Greatest Hits album out November 21.

Shane Filan, 32, said: “It’s been eight years since our last Greatest Hits and we have obviously had a lot of hits since.”
Gary’s track was so good it ousted one of Mark’s own compositions as first single.

Mark revealed: “One of the potential singles was my own song Beautiful World, which I wrote with John Shanks and an Irish girl called Ruth Anne-Cunningham.

“It was literally up until a day ago that we were deciding between Lighthouse and Beautiful World for the first single but they went with Lighthouse in the end.

“I wasn’t too gutted though. Once I write the song I’ve written it. You can’t get too attached and just have to hand it over and forget the fact you’ve written it.”

Lighthouse is out November 14.



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