Simon Cowell 'gutted' 'X Factor' lost Christmas Number One to Rage Against The Machine

But TV show boss offers rival campaign organisers job at his record label

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Simon Cowell has admitted he is "gutted" that X Factor winner Joe McElderry has been beaten to this year's Christmas Number One by Rage Against The Machine, but says he has been impressed by the online campaign against him.

The judge and boss of record label Syco, who released McElderry's 'The Climb', said he offered organisers Jon and Tracy Morter a job after they created the campaign that saw 'Killing In The Name' top the charts by 50,000 copies.

"I am genuinely impressed by the campaign they have run. It has been a good campaign with no dirty tricks and without any funding. They have been passionate and worked hard," Cowell told the Daily Mirror. "I offered them jobs at my record company. It could be in marketing or perhaps even running the company!

"This is their first attempt at putting out a record and they got a Christmas Number One, so they have not done badly at all. I wanted them to come and work for us. I was deadly serious, but they haven't taken me up on the offer."

Previously, Jon Morter had told NME.COM that Cowell had phoned him as the shops shut on Saturday (December 19) night, and that despite their rivalry the pair had got on well.

"Simon was very sweet and it was lovely to talk to him," Morter explained. "We had a good chat about music in general and just wished each other good luck. I've got total respect for him. That was really nice thing to do."

Get the bumper Christmas issue of NME – on UK newsstands now – for an exclusive interview with Cowell.

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