Rage Against The Machine become bookies’ chart favourite over Joe McElderry

Ladbrokes slashes odds for 'Killing In The Name'

Rage Against The Machine have become the Ladbrokes bookies favourites to bag the Christmas Number One slot ahead of Joe McElderry.

Their song ‘Killing In The Name’ now has odds of 8/11 to be top on Sunday (December 20). The X Factor winner’s ‘The Climb’ has moved down to second favourite at evens.

Lady Gaga is a distant third favourite with her song ‘Bad Romance’.

Rage Against The Machine’s song has entered the charts as the result of a Facebook campaign to get it to the top spot ahead of this year’s The X Factor champion.

Simon Cowell has slammed the campaign, calling it “stupid”, “cynical” and “very Scrooge“. Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello has publicly given the campaign his backing.

For more on The X Factor and its effect on British music, get the new issue of NME, on UK newsstands nationwide, for an exclusive interview with Cowell.