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The X Factor bosses pull plug on winner's CD single

Published 29/11/2016

Louisa Johnson
Louisa Johnson

The move comes after last year's (15) winner Louisa Johnson sold just 30,000 copies of her winner's single, Forever Young.

The X Factor winner's single won't be released as a physical CD this year (16).

Previous victors of the ITV programme have seen their debut single hit shelves as a CD, as well as being made available to download and stream.

However, after last year's (15) winner Louisa Johnson managed to shift just 30,000 physical copies of her debut single Forever Young, bosses have made the decision to release this year's winner's single solely to download or stream.

According to The Official Charts Company, this year's victory track will be released immediately after The X Factor final on 11 December (16), with profits going to charity.

It remains to be seen whether or not the X Factor victor will manage to clinch the coveted Christmas number one spot with the winner's single.

Seven of the programme's 12 winners have managed to get the Christmas U.K. chart top spot, but this year there is some tough competition.

Vaults' cover of One Day I'll Fly Away, currently the soundtrack to the John Lewis Christmas advert, and James Corden's The Greatest Gift for Christmas is Me from the Sainsbury's advert are both in the race for the Christmas number one.

However, if rumours that the X Factor winner's single is an original penned by Ed Sheeran are to be believed, then it could well take the top spot.

Honey G recently hinted that the single is an original song, saying during an interview on The Xtra Factor before being voted off the show: "I know that they've written an amazing single, The X Factor team... erm, have written a really amazing single. I hope I'll be performing that."

The X Factor's winner single has always been a cover apart from one year, when Shayne Ward released That's My Goal in 2005.

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