Health Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, is urging contestants on the X Factor to stick to their words and literally give 'their hearts and souls' in an attempt to reduce the organ transplant waiting list. Hunt said: 'A lack of suitable donors is causing a long wait for anyone in need of a transplant, and by tapping into this group of attention seekers the waiting list could be significantly reduced in a matter of months.'
Andrew Thomas, a producer at the popular 'talent' show, said: 'I think that it is a great way to help our health service. Our contestants always seem so keen to offer their organs - it would be a travesty to ignore them, especially since there's not much hope for them making it in the music industry.'
Hearts would be harvested as part of the reality TV series, in a special programme available on the red button called 'Organs Bootcamp!', hosted by Olly Murs, considered by many an organ in his own right.
Linda McTavish, a contestant on the X Factor said: 'I give it 110%. I put my heart and soul into my performances. I would love to give them to a sick person. My grandmother died at the age of 93 and could have really done with a new heart. Am I through to the next round?'
However, given contestants' poor grasp of basic mathematics, their brains will not be considered for transplantation should the technology for such an operation ever be developed.