XFactor 2012 to miss Christmas number one battle

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The X Factor won't be battling it out for Christmas number one this year, it's been revealed.

This year's X Factor final will be held on December 9 in Manchester, some two weeks before this year's Christmas chart is released.

It's the second year in a row that the show will skip the Christmas chart battle, with the series ending a week earlier than usual.

Last year saw Little Mix shoot straight to number one with their winner's single - a cover of Damien Rice's Cannonball - but the group couldn't keep on to the top spot.

The X Factor winner had traditionally been number one at Christmas, with an unbroken run of Xmas chart toppers between 2005 and 2008.

In 2009 however Joe McElderry missed out after an internet campaign saw Rage Against the Machine shoot to number one.

This year however will see a change to the winner's single, with the track being released for charity instead of a separate charity song being recorded.

Martin Talbot, managing director of the official charts company, said: "Last year, it meant that Little Mix's debut single Cannonball had its strongest week before the battle for festive Number 1 was underway - letting in the Military Wives with Wherever You Are.

"But with rumours that the X Factor finalists' single also due to be a charity single, that could help it sustain through a second week and right into Christmas - if they get the song and the charitable cause right."


The X Factor continues with its live shows this weekend with a guilty pleasures theme.

Sunday's results show will feature performances from Alicia Keys and Olly Murs, as well as one more act being given the boot.

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