Ed Sheeran has reportedly written an ORIGINAL song for X Factor 2016 winner's single, with bosses desperate to avoid a repeat of Louisa Johnson's flop.
Louisa released a cover of Bob Dylan's 'Forever Young' after she was crowned last year's champion.
It bombed in the charts, peaking at number 9 - making it the only X Factor winner's single so far that failed to reach the top spot.
Simon Cowell is thought to be pulling out all the stops to avoid a repeat of the disaster, and it seems he may have had a helping hand from Ed.
According to The Sun, the 'Thinking Out Loud' singer has given Simon an original track for this year's winner, described as an 'acoustic ballad'.
"Everything Ed does turns to gold," a source commented. "To have him write the winner’s song is huge and amazing news for this year’s winner.
"All the remaining contestants have heard the track and it works for the majority. They can’t believe potentially their first ever single will be written by Ed."
However, although it seems like a no-brainer to go with fresh material penned by one of music's biggest stars, it is not guaranteed that Ed's contribution will be used.
The insider said that "bosses might need to consider another one of their options" for the more upbeat acts.
Ed's track would only be the second original winner's single in X Factor history, after Shayne Ward's 'That's My Goal'.