The Important Stuff

Monday, 22 December 2014

Christmas #1- One X Factor Victory Too Many?

I think we all saw it coming, no matter how much we didn't want it, The X Factor have (yet again) scooped the Christmas number 1 spot, and it's actually gone quite unnoticed.

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.

In the years before the X Factor (I know, it's hard to believe there was a time when it wasn't here), actual festive songs were topping the charts during the holidays. It wasn't happening every year, but since the 1950s, Christmas songs were claiming that important spot every few years. Ironically, the last Christmas song to hit number 1 was Band Aid 20, in 2004. That was 10 years ago, and alright, we've had other acts like the Military Wives and Justice Collection who were both spreading the word and raising money for a good cause, lovely. Women singing to their husbands who were at war and reminding them that they love them. It was cute.

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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