Mind us while we swoon! Will Young latest name linked to The X Factor

Will Young

Pop Idol winner Will Young has become the latest name to be linked to The X Factor, with show sources suggesting the singer is the "perfect replacement" for Simon Cowell. The 32-year-old is possibly the UK's most successful reality star, having sold millions of albums for nearly a decade now.

Will won the first ever Pop Idol show which started way back at the end of 2001, his song "Evergreen" went on to become the UK's biggest selling song of the decade having shipping nearly 2 million copies by the end of 2010.

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“Will is the perfect replacement for Simon," a source said, "After all he did put him in his place during his time on Pop Idol. He is opinionated but at the same time charismatic and funny."

Will previously appeared on the show back in 2009, helping out fellow reality telly winner Cheryl Cole pick her final three contestants, which included eventual winner Joe McElderry.

The source continued: “Bosses know the public would love him, they know he knows what he is talking about as he has been in the same position as the contestants. It would also be great for him to reignite his solo career which has been fairly quiet over the last few years.”

Since winning the show in 2002, Will has gone on to release 5 platinum selling albums, with his second album Friday's Child notching up sales of more than 1.8 million.

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