Matt Cardle Is The Christmas Number One!
The X Factor winner takes When We Collide to the top spot...
In the process he saw off competition from various Facebook groups campaigning to avoid having an X Factor star as the Christmas number one for the fifth time in six years, and outsold his nearest rival, Rihanna's What's My Name?, by more than 300,000 copies.
On hearing the news, the former painter and decorator from Essex said:
"I can't believe it, as if winning wasn't enough. I honestly didn't think I'd even make it on to the live shows, let alone win and now be the Christmas number one.
"I can't even begin to describe how it feels. It's nuts, crackers and crazy.
"To think that many people have supported me and bought the record is absolutely mindblowing. Thank you so much to everyone.
"I'm going to have one or two beers to celebrate!"
Facebook campaigns did however make quite a dent on the charts, with The Trashmen's 1963 track Surfin' Bird going in at number three and Cage Against The Machine taking John Cage's silent 4:33 to number 21.
Biffy Clyro had double reason to celebrate this week, as alongside profiting from Cardle's cover, they also re-entered the Top 10 with their original version of When We Collide, entitled Many Of Horror.
The 2010 Christmas Top Ten:
1. (-) Matt Cardle: 'When We Collide'
2. (4) Rihanna ft. Drake: 'What's My Name?'
3. (-) The Trashmen: 'Surfin' Bird'
4. (1) Black Eyed Peas: 'The Time (Dirty Bit)'
5. (3) Ellie Goulding: 'Your Song'
6. (15) Take That: 'The Flood'
7. (5) Rihanna: 'Only Girl (In The World)'
8. (-) Biffy Clyro: 'Many Of Horror'
9. (2) Willow Smith: 'Whip My Hair'
10. (11) Michael Jackson ft. Akon: 'Hold My Hand'