X Factor to donate to Philippines typhoon victims

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The X Factor have announced they will be donating money raised from this weekend's show to the victims of the typhoon that hit the Philippines.

Typhoon Haiyan, struck several islands in central Philippines in November, it was one of the strongest storms to ever hit land.

The United Nations says around half a million people are still without food and shelter, and that emergency relief will be needed in the country for the next six months.

The X Factor will donate money from contestant votes and this weekend's live performance downloads to the Philippines Typhoon Appeal, which has been set up by the Disasters Emergency Committee.

The companies behind the show will give 50p from every track download and 15p from every contestant vote.

Simon Cowell 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."

ITV and Simon Cowell have agreed a new three year deal to keep X Factor and Britain's Got Talent on our screens until 2016.