X Factor 2012: One Direction called in to save the ratings! (And plug their new single!)

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One Direction are set to perform their new single on The X Factor 2012 next month, it has been revealed.

The boys revealed their upcoming track Live While We're Young last week, and it will go on sell the week before the live finals start.

it's been less than tow years since the boys - Harry, Niall, Zayn, Liam and Louis - kicked off their journey on The X Factor.

Now they'll be back performing songs from their second studio album and preparing for a headlining arena world tour.

Simon Cowell is said to be keen to get the boys on the show to help boost flagging ratings.

“He’s risked everything on ­making the US X Factor a big hit and it now faces the axe," a source told the Daily Star Sunday today. “Simon knows One Direction wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the X Factor and he now wants to use their success story to save and promote the show.

“He has ordered producers on both sides of the Atlantic to book in the best guest performers for the live shows.”

Other stars lined up for the new series include the likes of former X Factor winner Leona Lewis and US star Pink.

Robbie Williams, Cheryl COle, Tulisa and Nicole Scherzinger are all also expected to perform on the live results shows.

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