Source says all four remaining contestants have recorded a version of the big-selling ballad

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The X-Factor winner is set to release a cover of Damien Rice‘s ‘Cannonball’ as their debut single, according to tabloid reports this morning (November 29).

The competition ends on December 11, with whoever is named the winner releasing their debut single that same night. The track will need to secure two weeks at Number One to become the Christmas chart topper as the Christmas Number One will be announced on December 25 itself this year.

According to The Sun, all four remaining contestants in the competition have recorded a version of ‘Cannonball’, which one of three tracks being considered for release.

A source told the paper: “It’s one of three songs being considered for release. The acts are still recording the different options but Cannonball has a good shot. After reworking Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ for Alexandra Burke then Biffy’s track ‘Many Of Horror’ for Matt last year, it’s the next step. It would be a safe bet to sell well in the run-up to Christmas.”

‘Cannonball’ peaked at Number 19 when it was released as a single in 2004, but has been in constant use ever since on television and film.

In 2010, X-Factor winner Matt Cardle covered Biffy Clyro‘s ‘Many Of Horror’ (renamed ‘When We Collide’) when he won the competition, with 2008 winner Alexandra Burke covering Leonard Cohen‘s ‘Hallelujah’ as her debut release.