Christmas Number One

By Hannah Booth

The X-Factor winner’s single has always been predicted to take the Christmas number one spot in recent years.

So when 2009 X-Factor winner Joe McElderry was beaten by Californian rock band, Rage Against the Machine, everyone was surprised.

Killing in the name, which was first released by the band in 1992, sold 50,000 more download copies than Joe McElderry’s rendition of the climb. A jokey Facebook campaign originally created by a rock fan eventually snowballed, even receiving encouragement from the likes of Paul McCartney.

This year, X-Factor champions, girl group Little Mix, have already released their cover of Damien Rice’s Cannonball. However, they are up against the iconic single Smells like teen spirit by Nirvana, which is being supported by the same guy who created the 2009 campaign.

Little Mix are also facing competition from the Military Choir, The Only Way is Essex cast and The Wombles. Will the X-Factor winner make it to Christmas number one again this year?

Past Christmas number one winners:
2005                       Shayne Ward                                             “That’s My Goal”
2006                       Leona Lewis                                               “A Moment Like This”
2007                       Leon Jackson                                            “When You Believe”
2008                       Alexandra Burke                                      “Hallelujah”
2009                       Rage Against the Machine                    “Killing in the Name”
2010                       Matt Cardle                                                 “When We Collide”


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