The X Factor is planning to make a bid for this year’s Christmas number one chart spot again, it’s been reported.
The act that scoops the winner’s title and SYCO record deal will release their debut single soon a day after the show’s final, which will put them in the running for the top festive position.
Bosses on the ITV show have engineered it so winning acts over the last two years have avoided the Christmas race, with Little Mix and James Arthur both putting out their winners’ songs a week before the chart battle was staged.
However The Official Charts Company has revealed that whoever triumphs in the competition in 2013 will drop their first song on Monday, December 16, leaving them eligible to take the Christmas number one on Sunday, December 22.
Matt Cardle was the last X Factor winner to take part in the festive battle and was lucky to see his Biffy Clyro cover ‘When We Collide’ top the UK singles chart in 2010.
However his win followed the previous year’s loss of Joe McElderry, when the Geordie singer was beaten to No.1 by an anti-Simon Cowell campaign which saw members of the public pushing Rage Against The Machine’s ‘Killing In The Name’ to the top spot.
This year’s X Factor winner will be up against 11-year-old choirboy Jack Topping and Britain’s Got Talent finalists Richard & Adam.
Currently bookies are backing Sam Bailey to win this year’s series of The X Factor and her odds were shortened when former favourite Tamera Foster was placed in the bottom two singoff last weekend.
Odds on Sam taking the crown have been slashed to 2/1, with Tamera Foster sitting at 11/4 and Nicholas McDonald at 10/3.
Jessica Bridge of Ladbrokes said: “It was a huge upset to see Tamera in the bottom two, but it speaks volumes about her popularity with punters and that’s why Sam Bailey’s our new favourite.”
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Check out what songs Sam and the rest of the finalists will be singing this weekend here.