X Factor will NOT release a winner's single CD this year for the first time ever

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The X Factor 2016 champ won't release a winner's single CD this year, it's been revealed.

For the first time in The X Factor's 13 year history the winner's song will only be available online to stream and download.

Physical CDs have of course become something of a rarity ever since downloads started but they've often proved big sellers for The X Factor: Louisa Johnson sold 30,000 copies last year while in 2014 Ben Haenow shifted 92,000 CDs, according to the Official Charts Company.

The move is another reason why The X Factor looks unlikely to get a hold of this year's Christmas Number 1 for a second year running.

The winner's single will be released straight after the final on December 11, however this will be almost two weeks before the Xmas number one on December 23.

Bookies have made The London Hospices Choir, who last year beat Justin Bieber to Christmas Number 1 with A Bridge over You, the favourite this year.

And in more bad news, The X Factor winner may again miss out on the top spot altogether.

Last year Louisa became the first ever X Factor champ NOT to score a Number 1 with her cover of Forever Young peaked at Number 9.

A shift in the chart week from Sunday to Friday in 2015 now means that The X Factor winner releases their single three days after all other new releases for that week, putting them at a big disadvantage.

The X Factor continues Saturday and Sunday night on ITV with the final on December 10 and 11.

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