Simon Cowell was reduced to tears during Saturday’s X Factor: Celebrity final as the remaining acts premiered the music video for their charity single. The music mogul was overcome with emotion and cried as Dermot O’Leary asked him for his opinions on the cover of Snow Patrol’s Run, and it turns out he was upset over a little girl who also featured on the track. Following a surprise visit from Simon to the Demelza Hospice in Sittingbourne last month, Hallie from Kent was given the opportunity to fulfil her lifelong dream – to sing on this year’s X Factor record. Simon, who is a Patron of Together for Short Lives, visited the hospice and spent the afternoon chatting with children, siblings and families and posing for photos and selfies. Hallie, who has osteopetrosis, a rare and life-limiting genetic condition that can result in bone fractures, restricted height, frequent infections, sight loss and hearing impairment, treated Simon to an impromptu performance of A Million Dreams from the Greatest Showman. And the judge was so bowled over by her performance that he invited her to sing on his ITV show’s charity single
Hallie was taken to the X Factor studios where she recorded the song and then she attended the final on Saturday night along with her parents and brother. ‘We had a fantastic afternoon with Simon at the hospice in November,’ Hallie’s parents enthused. ‘And for Hallie to be asked to be a part of this year’s X Factor is a dream come true for her.’ They continued: ‘We can’t thank Simon and his team enough and were made to feel so special. ‘Times like this can never be underestimated and it’s a day we will never forget!’
Demelza provides specialist care and emotional support for children with terminal conditions and their loved ones throughout Kent, South East London and East Sussex and is currently aiming to raise £30,000 in this year’s Christmas appeal to support their Care at Home project. X Factor: Celebrity came to an end on Saturday with Louis’ act Megan McKenna being named winner of the series, beating Max and Harvey, V5 and Jenny Ryan to the top spot.