The two X Factor finalists will perform their prospective winner’s singles live during the X Factor final at Wembley Arena, with the song available to download once the winner is revealed on 15 December. The CD single will be available in stores from 18 December.
Simon Cowell’s production company, Syco, will donate 100% of its profits from the sales of each CD single and download to be shared equally by the two children’s charities.
This donation will be at least £1 for each CD sold in the UK and at least 20p for each download sold in the UK.
Simon Cowell said that both Together for Short Lives and Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity are important charities: “Every day they do inspiring work and help a load of kids and their families, all of which need their expertise and support.
“I have been lucky enough to see first-hand the great work that both of these charities do and I am thrilled that we can do something to help by donating the sales of The X Factor winner’s single to them both. Thank you in advance to everyone who will help.”
Barbara Gelb, CEO of Together for Short Lives, said: “Together for Short Lives is absolutely delighted to be benefiting from The X Factor winner’s single again this year. This is amazing news for us, and the UK’s 49,000 children and young people with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions and all those who support, love and care for them.
“Working with the X Factor is transformational. Through this fantastic partnership we have been able to reach out to thousands of families and the money raised has made a real difference to local services, like children’s hospices, which deliver lifeline support to children and families.
“When you buy The X Factor winner’s single you will know that every single copy sold will make a real difference to families across the UK, helping them to make the most of their precious time together.”
Tim Johnson, Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity Chief Executive added: “The proceeds from the single will make a huge difference in helping Great Ormond Street Hospital to continue to provide the very best care for it’s young patients from across the UK.
“The children, families and staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital are so excited to be a part of such a popular show that really captures the nation’s imagination.”
The single will be the sixth charity release from The X Factor and the second winner’s single, following James Arthur’s million-selling release ‘Impossible’ last year, which raised funds for Together for Short Lives.
To find out more about Together for Short Lives, visit the website.