Trying To Beat Simon Cowell to Christmas Number 1
Nothing quite defines a spiritual Christmas so much as watching Simon Cowell plot the domination of the race to the Christmas number one spot. Licking his lips at the prospect of continued commercial success, preparing for his yearly winning ritual for the last 10 years, Cowell has only lost three times in the past decade. This year’s race, however, seems poised to go against the X-Factor mastermind Cowell and his talent show winner's single, because the British public are tackling the music mogul with the sound of light-sabres and the sight of Harrison Ford resuming his role as the classic Han Solo.
Pitted against the X Factor Christmas single is the Star Wars theme song. Given that this is a Christmas that will no doubt be filled with talk of wookies, and the dark side, the Star Wars’ campaign to beat X Factor actually seems like it could go all the way. Jon Morter is supposedly the man behind this campaign on Facebook. Already having challenged and beaten Simon Cowell in 2009 when Rage Against the Machine beat that year’s contestant’s winner’s single, Morter’s quest to deprive the world of an X Factor Christmas number one seems like something the public have longingly been waiting for. He says, "I'm a big music fan. I don't mind crap songs being Christmas No1 but there used to be competition. The X Factor killed it. I just snapped one year. I thought, 'Why is everyone letting this guy do this?" Having amounted more than 420,000 likes on Facebook, the campaign seeks to spread the love for the theme song of what is going to be the most commercially successful movie of the year, and aim to spoil Cowell’s monopoly of the Christmas number 1 spot.
Other potential contenders for this year’s Christmas top spot are Kylie Minogue, Aurora, Shakin’ Stevens, and The Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Choir. The general feeling in the UK is that anyone should win apart from X Factor. This year, the Christmas number 1 set to be announced on Top of the Pops, broadcast on December 25 at 2pm and New Year's Day at 11.55am. Will it feature John William’s re-scored Star Wars theme song or an X Factor winner’s single? The battle to top the charts at Christmas has become more about beating Cowell than anything else...