NEW YORK (AP) _ ``X-Files'' creator Chris Carter couldn't get his pal Cher to sing on the show, so he hired a lookalike.

In a recent black-and-white episode, what looked like Cher made a quick appearance and recordings of her songs provided mood music.

Carter wanted the real singer-actress, but ``when she read the script, she decided she'd rather act than sing, so now I'm bringing her back,'' he said in the Dec. 20 issue of TV Guide.

The writer-director-producer said he was sure to get his old friend's blessing before using the lookalike and Cher's music.