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’.