U2 frontman Bono has been forced to get tough with his all-star Band Aid III colleagues, because they're all battling to steal his famous line in the song DO THEY KNOW IT'S CHRISTMAS?.

The charismatic Irishman first thrashed out the emotive words "And tonight thank God it's them, instead of you" in the 1984 original - which raised millions for Ethiopian famine victims - and Bono's been selected to reprise the climatic moment in the 20th anniversary version, out this Christmas (04).

However, pop stars Robbie Williams, Justin Hawkins of The Darkness, Coldplay's Chris Martin and Travis frontman Fran Healy all reportedly expressed a desire to sing the line, considered by many to be the festive anthem's finest moment.

But determined Bono took a stern stance with the eager stars to ensure the melody he made his own would once again be sung by him.

ANGELS star Williams says, "Everyone wanted it. But before anyone could start getting an ego about it, Bono just said, 'That's my line and I'm doing it - so the rest of you can f**k off.' That settled it!"

The celebrity line-up will enter London's Air Studios to re-record Do They Know It's Christmas? on Sunday (14NOV04).

11/11/2004 09:13