Ed Sheeran has reportedly used his songwriting talents to pen a track for the winner of The X Factor.
According to Britain's The Sun newspaper, hit maker Ed has penned one of his signature acoustic ballads to be released by the victor of the U.K. talent show later this year (16).
"Everything Ed does turns to gold. To have him write the winner’s song is huge and amazing news for this year’s winner," a source told the newspaper. "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."
The programme's bigwigs will be hoping that enlisting Ed will aid them in avoiding another embarrassing chart flop, like last year's (15) winner Louisa Johnson and her Bob Dylan cover Forever Young.
While 11 out of 12 of the winners of the show have clinched the coveted number one spot with their winner's singles, Louisa's offering only made it to number nine on the U.K. chart.
Ed has been keeping a low profile since last December (15), when he announced he was taking a break from social media.
In an Instagram post, Ed wrote: "I'm taking a break from my phone, emails and all social media for a while, I've had such an amazing ride over the last five years but I find myself seeing the world through a screen and not my eyes so I'm taking this opportunity of me not having to be anywhere or do anything to travel the world and see everything I missed.
"To my family and friends, if you love me you will understand me buggering off for a bit, to my fans, the third album is on its way and is the best thing I have made thus far. See you all next autumn, and thank you for being amazing."
However, during his time off, Ed has taken the time to write songs for stars including Robbie Williams and Justin Bieber, as well as filming a cameo role in recent movie Bridget Jones's Baby.