ELLA HENDERSON, then only 16 years old, was one of the favourites to win the 2012 series so it came as a surprise and something of a scandal when she was voted out in only 6th position.
However, Mr. Cowell and his team at SYCO knew a good thing when they saw it and signed the Lincolnshire born girl not long after the show had finished.
In the two years that followed, Ella has written and recorded songs both in the UK and the US with some of the biggest names in the songwriting business (including Claude Kelly, Eg White, Saleem Remi, Babyface, and TMS) and finally the time has come for the first of these tracks to be unleashed on the public.
'Ghost' IS that track.
Co-written with prolific singer/songwriter and ONE REPUBLIC frontman RYAN TEDDER (who you may recall wrote a little ditty entitled 'Bleeding Love' for another of the X-Factor alumni, LEONA LEWIS) the song is a monster hit in the making.
The accompanying video is also something of epic proportions. Shot on location in New Orleans, the concept of the video was entirely Ella's and looks like an extended trailer for a full length movie, complete with murder, swamps, a fugitive and lots of cops.
Wait no longer and check out the video below
ELLA official launched the track earlier this week in a series of secret showcase gigs (which we were lucky enough to attend) for the music industry, as well as a few lucky fans, where she performed the single plus tracks from her forthcoming debut album 'Chapter One' expected in September (and if the quality of what we heard is anything to go by, it's going to be HUGE).
'Ghost' is released on June 8th and is available to pre-order on itunes here