The thing is, since The X Factor came along, churning out squeaky clean pop songs into the British charts at Christmastime, the Christmas number 1 single doesn't seem to matter as much anymore. Yes, the first few years that Cowell decided he would personally choose the number 1, the anticipation as still there. And in 2009, when rather a lot of us decided to boycott the charts and Killing In The Name by Rage Against The Machine was number 1.
The year was 2004, the man was Steve Brookstein. The first winner of the X Factor anywhere in the world, and it was guaranteed the show would become a phenomenon after the winner's single reached that all important Christmas number 1 spot. The years kept coming, and so did the X Factor winners. After 11 years and now 7 top spot singles, it's getting so boring, and I presume I'm not the only one who feels like this.
So Simon, if you;re reading, pack it in. We want to be able to celebrate family and festivities during this time of year and not fund your expensive habits. Either put off the winner's single until after Christmas or just air the show at another time of the year. Give us a well deserved break.
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