31/10/2012 11:45 GMT | Updated 31/10/2012 11:50 GMT

'X Factor' Christmas Charity Single To Be Sung By The Show's Winner?

Simon Cowell is set to heat up the battle for the Christmas number one by making 'The X Factor' winner's single a charity track, according to reports.

In previous years, the finalists sing a charity record together while the winner of the ITV1 show releases a separate record in the run-up to Christmas.

But The Sun said that Simon, 53, wanted to make the winner's single the only charity release instead this year.

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Simon Cowell wants to do a winner's Christmas charity single

A source was quoted as saying: "We do a charity record every year but the current thinking is we should just make that the winner's single.

"It would make loads of cash for charity and it will bring festive cheer back to the Christmas number one.

"Obviously there are people who would like to give Simon a bloody nose. Well, this way all they'll be doing is starving a charity of cash if they campaign against it. Nothing has been decided for definite but everyone is very keen on the idea."

In 2009, Simon was left red-faced after Rage Against The Machine's track 'Killing In The Name' beat Joe McElderry to the number one spot following a campaign to keep 'The X Factor' off the top of the chart.

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