Ed Sheeran is lending his songwriting skills to the X Factor boyband ahead of their comeback

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Their reunion plans were put on hold due to the pandemic, but it seems that the big JLS reunion may be worth the wait as the four-piece enlist the help of songwriting maestro Ed Sheeran ahead of their comeback.

The boyband, who came runners up to Alexandra Burke on The X Factor in 2008, had announced that they had reunited back in February 2020, with their Beat Again Tour scheduled for November 2020 before coronavirus saw it pushed back to October 2021.

The quartet have used lockdown to prepare new music for the first time since their split in 2013, with chart-topping songwriter Ed helping the boys out.

Speaking on the Capital Evening Show, the Shape of You singer said: "I've actually written a song for them, with Steve Mac who did Beat Again and all that stuff.

"It's classic JLS and it was a real, real joy to write."

The songwriter has penned a song for boyband ahead of their comeback

Having written hits for the likes of One Direction and Justin Bieber in the past, the 30-year-old's songwriting talent is sure to ensure that the X Factor star's new music dominates the charts once again.

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JLS announced their split and farewell tour in May 2013, after seven years together topping the UK charts.

The group, which is made up of Aston Merrygold, Oritsé Williams, Marvin Humes, and JB Gill, first found fame when appearing on the fifth series of ITV reality talent show in 2008, narrowly missing out on winning to Alexandra Burke.

Signing with Epic records shortly after, their first two singles, Beat Again and Everybody in Love, both topped the charts and went straight to number one.

The boyband had huge success after appearing on the X Factor

The London-born boyband went on to win multiple awards throughout their time together and at the peak of their fame, it was reported they were they were the 16th richest reality TV stars in the UK, with an estimated fortune of £6 million per member.

JLS last performed together on the stage of their final gig of their Goodbye Tour at The O2 Arena in London on 22 December 2013

In February 2020, fans were overjoyed when the four-piece boyband announced their reunion plans on social media.

Taking to their official Twitter account seven years since their split, JLS shared their comeback video, captioning it: "IT'S TIME!! Our #BeatAgainTour is coming your way this Nov/Dec. We can't wait to be reunited with you all!"

Each member features in the short clip, as they discuss their plans to get back together in a group phone call before revealing the dates and venues for their upcoming concerts – while their hit song Beat Again plays.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, their comeback plans were halted but their tour is now scheduled to go ahead later this year.