The X Factor finalists to release charity single "Wishing On A Star"

The 16 finalists from this year's X Factor series will be releasing a charity single in aid of Together for Short Lives. The acts will release their cover of the Rose Royce classic 'Wishing On A Star' via download on November 27th and via physical single on November 28th, on Syco Music.

All net record company proceeds from sales of the single will go to Together for Short Lives. There are an estimated 23,500 children and young people unlikely to live to reach adulthood. Together for Short Lives is the voice for all these children, young people and their families, as well as the organisations and people that support them. The charity ensures that every life-limited and life-threatened child, young person and their family gets the best possible care and support from the moment of diagnosis, wherever they live and for as long as they need it.

Simon Cowell has worked closely with Together for Short Lives for many years and comments: "Having worked close hand with this charity and seeing the amazing work they do for kids and their families who need help and support, I am thrilled that the X Factor charity single this year will benefit this charity.'"

The single is the fourth charity release from X Factor, following last year's cover of David Bowie's 'Heroes', 2009's cover of Michael Jacksons's 'You Are Not Alone,' which supported Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital and 2008's 'Hero' which raised over £1.3 million, again for the 'Help For Heroes' charity.

The finalists will record the single in London this week, produced by luminary music producer Biff (Spice Girls, Kylie Minogue, Will Young). A video will be shot later this month.

Barbara Gelb, CEO of Together for Short Lives says: "We are delighted to be the beneficiary of this year's X Factor charity single. The money raised from this single gives us the opportunity to improve the lives of these children and families - and crucially raise awareness of the valuable support they need, wherever they live and for as long as they need it. Every single bought - either on line or through the high street - will make such a difference.'"

The sixteen acts performing on the single are: the boys, Frankie Cocozza, Craig Colton, Marcus Collins and James Michael; the girls, Janet Devlin, Amelia Lily, Sophie Habibis and Misha Bryan; the groups, Nu Vibe, Little Mix, The Risk and 2 Shoes; and the overs, Kitty Brucknell, Johnny Robinson, Jonjo Kerr and Sami Brookes.

Marcus Collins says: "It's a fantastic song choice, filled with hope. This song is one of my favourites of all time."

Frankie Cocozza says: "This is a brilliant thing to be doing for a brilliant charity."

Charlie from The Risk says: "All four boys in The Risk are honoured to be a part of this single, and hopefully make a difference to people's lives."

Sophie Habibis says: "I love this song and can't wait to release it. I hope it does really well and raises a lot of money for the charity."

Stefan from Nu Vibe says: "It's good that we're doing this for a less well known charity, giving some much needed exposure."

Kitty Brucknell says: "It's incredible to be able to give something back and hopefully help a lot of people."

Craig Colton says: "It's an honour to record this song, and an honour to be a part of a charity with such a great cause."

Jonjo Kerr says: "When I first entered the competition I always wanted to make the final 16 so I could take part in the charity single and help raise lots of money."

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