Songwriter Ed Drewett, who wrote the Best Song Ever for One Direction, has auditioned for Britain’s Got Talent in a bid to become a star in his own right.

Ed, who wrote the number two hit for the boy band as well as The Wanted’s chart topper All Time Low, performed another one of his songs, Blink, for the judges.

“Ever since I was a kid my dream was always to be a singer,” says Ed, 25, from Essex. “When I was about nine I wrote a song called Frisbee. I sang it to all my friends in the park and from then on I kind of got the bug.

“It’s honestly an incredible experience to hear something you have written yourself on the radio. But as incredible as that is my dream was always to be the singer myself.”

Ed missed the chance to impress show boss Simon Cowell, who was not at the audition, but left an impression on Amanda Holden who told him the song was “beautiful”.

“I’m totally gutted that Mr Simon Cowell isn’t here because I think he would love you,” Amanda told Ed.

One Direction rose to superstardom out of Simon’s other talent contest, the X Factor, in 2010. Will Britain’s Got Talent launch Ed to the same success?

Click here to find out how Ed’s audition went.

– Press Association