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Ellie Goulding for 2013 BBC Children in Need single

Ellie Goulding

Story by Jack Foley

ELLIE Goulding is to release this year’s official BBC Children in Need single.

The singer will cover The Waterboys’ 1990 single How Long Will I Love You as this year’s charity track.

The song already appears on the deluxe version of her album Halcyon Days, which came out in August, as well as the soundtrack to Richard Curtis’ new film About Time.

The charity single will be available to download from November 10.

Goulding will also support it with an exclusive performance on the BBC’s Children in Need appeal show on November 15.

The singer commented: “I’ve grown up watching BBC Children in Need so it’s fantastic that I’m doing this year’s single! It is an emotional song, but in a really positive way, and I’ve been completely blown away with the positive reaction it’s had already.”

Past Children In Need singles have proved very profitable for the charity, with a star-studded version of Lou Reed’s Perfect Day raising £2.1 million in 1997 thanks to the presence of David Bowie, Bono and Elton John.

There have also been six No.1 hits from past Children In Need tracks.