Belfast Telegraph

X Factor Matt heads for Xmas No 1

X Factor winner Matt Cardle is expected to storm to the top of the charts and scoop the prized Christmas number one today.

The 27-year-old is set to thwart the anti-Simon Cowell camp after an upset for the show's winner last year.

The competition Cardle has to beat includes a rendition of composer John Cage's 4'33" by a host of famous musicians going by the name Cage Against the Machine. The piece consists of four minutes and 33 seconds of silence.

Bookmakers did not rate Cage's chances, claiming Cardle appeared to have thrashed his rivals with his cover of the Biffy Clyro song When We Collide.

Fans of the rock trio had hoped to prevent this from happening by attempting to get the original version to number one instead.

Cardle, however, made it to the end of the week as the 1/50 odds-on favourite with William Hill, which the bookmaker said was one of the shortest prices in Christmas number one history.

The painter-decorator from Colchester, Essex, was crowned the winner in last week's final of the ITV talent show.

He had been firm favourite throughout this year's series and finished ahead of Rebecca Ferguson and boyband One Direction in the last stage of the contest, which was watched by 17.2 million viewers.

Victory in the race for the 2009 Christmas number one was snatched from last year's winner, Joe McElderry, by rap metal act Rage Against The Machine.

The band topped the singles chart with their expletive-laden 1992 hit Killing In The Name after an internet campaign to keep another of Simon Cowell's acts off the festive top spot.


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