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Has original music saved The X Factor?

December 8, 2017
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Image caption Rak-Su have gone to number two in the chart with their self-penned winners’ single

The X Factor was a little different this year. OK, very different.

There was no deadlock, the live shows were revamped and cut in number, there were far fewer sob stories and each week Dermot revealed which act had come top of the public vote as well as bottom.

But perhaps the most interesting change was contestants being encouraged to perform their own songs at the live shows, rather than just covers.

It resulted in an original song (Dimelo by Rak-Su) being chosen as this year’s winners’ single – a gamble which seemed to pay off this weekend as it entered the chart at number two, beaten only by Ed Sheeran and Beyonce’s Perfect.

It gives Rak-Su’s single a higher chart placing than the last two winners’ songs – When Christmas Comes Around by Matt Terry and Louisa Johnson’s Forever Young.