X Factor to donate money to Philippines Typhoon Appeal
Proceeds from this weekend's 'X Factor' live shows - both from votes and song downloads - will be donated to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal
Simon Cowell has confirmed 'The X Factor' will donate money from this weekend's shows to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal.
ITV, Syco Entertainment and Fremantle will together give a minimum of 50p from every track downloaded from the live performances and 15p of every contestant vote cast towards the charity on behalf of the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC).
Simon, 54, said: "All of us around the world have been horrified by the scenes of utter devastation that have appeared on our television screens and in our newspapers.
"The Philippines is suffering from a natural disaster that is almost too unbelievable to understand and they need our help now. "
"We are playing our part on The X Factor to support these people who desperately need our help."
Meanwhile, DEC chief executive Saleh Saeed thanked the TV talent show for its support.
He added: "We are incredibly grateful for this support from 'The X Factor' which will help us reach a different audience.
"More than 11 million people have had their lives torn apart by the Philippines Typhoon - they urgently need food, water and emergency shelter.
"Our member agencies will make sure that all money donated by 'X Factor' viewers will be used to provide help to those people affected."