Simon Cowell: 'I've done you a favour killing Christmas Number One race'

The X Factor mogul speaks out in new issue of NME

Dean Chalkley
Pic: Dean Chalkley
Simon Cowell has said that he has done the UK public a "favour" having "killed" the Christmas Number One race.

The X Factor mogul has seen the last four winners of the show bag the festive top spot, while this year's winner Joe McElderry is favourite to top it this year despite competition from Rage Against The Machine.

Speaking in the Christmas issue of NME, out tomorrow (December 16), Cowell said that he had helped rescue the Christmas Number One from a tradition of "horrible" songs.

When asked if it was a shame that The X Factor had "killed the race for Christmas Number One" he replied: "Yes and no. I think we were getting to a point where it was all becoming like 'The Millennium Prayer' [Cliff Richard's 1999 song that was knocked from the Christmas Number One slot by Westlife] and I just didn't like that song.

"I think we all have this belief that the Christmas Number One was just amazing songs… but actually when you look at them over recent years it was Bob The Builder, Mr Blobby… there's a tradition of quite horrible songs. I think I've done everyone a favour."

Rage Against The Machine are currently ahead of McElderry in the race with 'Killing In The Name', although the reality show winner's single is not released physically until tomorrow (December 16).

For the full interview with Cowell get the new issue of NME, out tomorrow.

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