X-Factor winner single is Impossible

By | Published on Monday 10 December 2012

The X-Factor

Most of the headlines relating to the latest series of ‘X-Factor’ may have been about the flagging talent show’s slumping ratings, but when the ‘X’ show was the undisputed king of primetime telly its overall winners could still disappear without trace, so perhaps James Arthur, declared Mr X 2012 last night, will be hoping that, perversely, the lower viewing figures could result in a more successful career.

The winner’s first single, out now digitally, is a cover of a track by Barbadian popstar Shontelle, ‘Impossible’, which Arthur performed on the ‘X-Factor’ final this weekend. The physical release, out on Wednesday, will also come with three extra covers, of LMFAO’s ‘Sexy And I Know It’, Eurythmics’ ‘Sweet Dreams’ and Adele’s ‘Hometown Glory’.

As expected, the winner single will be a charity release this year, and Together For Short Lives, a charity for children with life-threatening and life-limiting conditions, has been picked as the beneficiary.

Commenting on the release of ‘Impossible’ as his winning single, Arthur told reporters: “I am absolutely overwhelmed to have won ‘The X-Factor’. I am lost for words. To have been be able to perform my winner’s single was just insane. I love the song and am so glad that proceeds of the single will be going to such a great cause”.

Meanwhile ‘X-Factor’ overlord Simon Cowell said of the charity to benefit from the release: “Together For Short Lives is such an inspiring and important charity for so many kids and their families who really need help and support. I’m delighted that ‘The X-Factor’s’ winner single sales will go directly to helping them”.

As last year, the ‘X’ release will not overtly compete in the race for Christmas Number One.