X Factor 2012 acts will be able to perform their own music on the show, it has been claimed today.
According to The Sun , producers want to compete with new BBC One show The Voice UK by allowing hopefuls to sing their own tracks.
It's the second major change to the audition format this year, after Gary Barlow revealed that acts with management deals could also try out.
The relaxed rules on The Voice have already seen many semi-famous names try out for the series, including former Five singer Sean Conlon.
And now X Factor hopes by following suit, it'll attract a more diverse range of budding performers.
"The idea might be to allow for more original music throughout the competition," a source told the newspaper. Whether this means they will be writing their own songs isn't confirmed, but it's looking like it's going that way."
Dated theme weeks, which in the past have included Take That and Wham, could also be dropped from the series to help boost viewers.
X Factor boss Simon Cowell revealed yesterday that he'd rather make big changes to the show and lose a lot of viewers, than leave it alone and see it steadily decline.
“I’d rather fall off the cliff on numbers than deteriorate slowly. That is like death from a thousand cuts," he explained.
And the music mogul revealed he wouldn't think twice about axing the show if viewing figures continue to fall this year.
He added: “Now maybe that might mean with The X Factor we’d say in a year’s time: ‘Right, that’s the end of it. Let’s start something new.’”