'X Factor' winner single to be released during Christmas Number One week

The show has been absent from the festive chart battle for the last two years

'X Factor' winner single to be released during Christmas Number One week
The debut single from the winner of this years' X Factor will be released during Christmas Number One week, it has been announced.

The show has been absent from the festive chart battle for the last two years, but the Official Charts Company have confirmed that the show's live final will take place on December 15, which is the start of the sales period for Christmas Number One.

Winning contestants from the reality music show, now in its 10th series, have been behind five of the last eight Christmas Number One singles in the UK – from Shayne Ward in 2005, Leona Lewis in 2006, Leon Jackson in 2007 and Alexandra Burke in 2008.

Joe McElderry became the first X Factor contestant to lose a Christmas Number One race with his cover of Miley Cyrus’s 'The Climb', which was beated to the top by Rage Against The Machine’s 1993 single, 'Killing In The Name', as part of a successful campaign to end Simon Cowell’s perceived monopoly of the Christmas singles market.

Matt Cardle's cover of Biffy Clyro's 'Many Of Horror' bagged the Christmas Number One slot in 2010, however, 2011 winners Little Mix and 2012 winner James Arthur saw their singles reaching Number One the week before Christmas.

Artists currently in line for Christmas Number One include 11-year-old choirboy Jack Topping with 'Tomorrow' from musical Annie, Britain’s Got Talent finalists Richard & Adam with 'I Saw Three Ships Come Sailing In (On Christmas Day)', and Susan Boyle and Elvis Presley's 'O Come, All Ye Faithful'. Another record being tipped for the top slot features the stars of The Big Reunion, including 911, Blue, 5ive, Atomic Kitten, Liberty X and B*witched, who will release a cover of Wizzard’s 1973 hit 'I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday'.

Read More On This Artist

More News
Sia 'saddened to be getting shit' for no-show at Australian Arias; gives gongs away on...
Future Islands fear 'Letterman' performance will be 'the bane of our existence'
Arctic Monkeys help push UK vinyl sales past million mark for first time in two decades
Jonny Greenwood performs with the London Contemporary Orchestra – watch
Cat Power debuts new song live – watch
Dev Hynes joins Julian Casablancas on-stage to sing The Strokes' 'You Only Live Once'
Coldplay invite fans to plot their own storyline with interactive 'Ink' video
Lorde performs 'Yellow Flicker Beat' on 'The Tonight Show' – watch
Circa Waves announce details of biggest UK tour and new single 'Fossils'
Björk to publish 'Archives' book featuring contributions from Chris Cunningham and...
Wu-Tang Clan perform 'Ruckus In B Minor' on 'Letterman' – watch
The War On Drugs add extra dates to 2015 UK tour
Foo Fighters announce Slane Castle gig for May 2015
Midweek Chart Update: Take That challenge Band Aid 30 for UK Number One
Mac DeMarco says recording third album 'Salad Days' stopped him 'being a little...
The Pop Group to release new, Paul Epworth-produced album – hear first song now
Chance The Rapper shares new song 'Sunday Candy' – listen
Death metal band Abhorrent Decimation to perform in sealed box until the air runs out
Sinead O'Connor says Band Aid 30 critics should 'shut the fuck up'
Ed Sheeran announces second Wembley Stadium gig
Morrissey forced to abandon encore at German gig following stage invasion – watch
Wolf Alice announce Spring 2015 tour

More News

Comments

Please login to add your comment.

Latest Tickets - Booking Now
 
Know Your NME
 

 
NME Store & Framed Prints
Inside NME.COM