Bob Dylan song picked for X Factor winner's single

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 November 2015
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell has picked Bob Dylan's 'Forever Young' as 'The X Factor' winner's single, in a move likely to anger fans of the classic star

Simon Cowell has picked Bob Dylan's 'Forever Young' as 'The X Factor' winner's single.

The music mogul has chosen the 1974 song as the first track to be released by the show's 2015 winner although the decision is expected to anger many music fans.

A source told The Sun newspaper: "Simon is aware that the song choice will split opinion. Some will argue he is introducing Bob and the song itself to a new, younger audience. But arguably the majority will feel the opposite.

"Bob stands for everything that 'The X Factor' does not, which means hearing the track will be tough for many musos to go through."

The show has a long history of releasing covers as the first tracks from the victors, with Alexandra Burke's 2008 version of 'Hallelujah' and James Arthur's 'Impossible' in 2012 each shifting over a million copies each.

However, Joe McElderry's rendition of Miley Cyrus' 'The Climb' failed to reach the top spot in the UK charts in 2009 when it was pipped to the post by Rage Against the Machine's 'Killing in the Name' which was pushed by fans to end the show's reign over the Christmas number one spot.

Meanwhile, former 'The X Factor' judge Nicole Scherzinger - who left the show following the 2013 series - has taken a swipe at the show insisting it's not as good as when she was on it.

She said: "Everybody knows 'X Factor' is the biggest thing in this country... or it was.

"I always said my panel was so strong. I miss my fellow judges."

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