Tonight, The X Factor's Top 12 thrilled the nation with their live performance of Carly Rae Jepsen's pop anthem, Call Me Maybe - the hit song has now been released as a charity single available for download from iTunes, with all X Factor net profits go to Sony Foundation's 'You Can' program to build specialised and age-appropriate youth cancer centres across Australia.
The Top 12 jumped at the chance to perform and record the charity single, a first for The X Factor in Australia. According to judge and Sony Foundation ambassador, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, 'The contestants had so much fun performing Call Me Maybe and they were delighted to be helping out young Australians with cancer. This is an important cause very close to my heart and I am so proud of them for lending their support.'
The single, with its irrepressible pop melodies, is sure to have people across the country singing along with the The X Factor stars. Judge, Guy Sebastian said, 'I am extremely impressed with the talent amongst the final 12 and their involvement with the Sony Foundation is a great experience for them. It is important at this early stage of their career to see the impact they might have one helping others and touching those in need.'
Now in its fourth season, The X Factor has already unearthed a number of new stars, including Reece Mastin and Johnny Ruffo. Denis Handlin, AM, Chairman and CEO, Sony Music Entertainment Australia & New Zealand and President, Asia, said that 'Sony Foundation is proud to release the first ever Australian X Factor charity single. Not only does it highlight the brilliant talent on this year's show, this hit song will also provide a huge boost to help young Australians with cancer. Thank you to X Factor, FremantleMedia, Channel 7 and the Finalists for your support of this important cause.'
Shockingly, in Australia the chance of surviving certain cancers decreases by 50% the day a young person turns 16. This is attributable to the lack of age specific treatment and specialised support for teenagers and young adults. The You Can program has raised over $2 million to date and, in March 2013, Australia's very first youth cancer centre, funded by a donation of $1.8 million from Sony Foundation, is due to open at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital in Perth.
Sony Foundation CEO, Sophie Ryan said 'It is incredibly exciting to be part of this Australian first, X Factor charity single. Thank you to The X Factor for helping our young Australians battling cancer.'