‘X Factor’ 2015 winner’s single to be Bob Dylan’s ‘Forever Young’

Could the 1974 track be this year's Christmas Number One?

The X Factor 2015 winner’s single will be Bob Dylan‘s ‘Forever Young’, it has been announced.

The classic track was originally released as a single by Dylan back in 1974, and has been covered by many famous artists since. Including Diana Ross, Joan Baez and Neil Young.

Whoever emerges as victor in this year’s edition of the ITV talent contest is to record their own take on the track, the Sun reports; and as seven of the last ten Christmas Number Ones have been X Factor winners, they stand a good chance of taking the top spot come December 25.

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Past winners singles have included tracks by pop stars such as Demi Lovato, Mariah Carey and Miley Cyrus.

But tracks by Biffy Clyro, Leonard Cohen and Damien Rice have also gone on to smash sales records.

Last year’s winner Ben Haenow reached Number One with a rendition of US pop rock band OneRepublic’s ‘Something I Need’.

The future of The X Factor has been in doubt recently as reports suggested that ITV was set to win a bidding war with rival BBC for their talent show The Voice.

This was compounded by the news that viewing figures for the long-running ITV series had sunk to an 11 year low.