For the first time since launching in 2004, the original UK version of the X Factor
has decided not to run for the coveted Christmas no. 1 this year.
X Factor winners had topped the UK Christmas singles chart every year until a campaign to put Rage Against The Machine
's "Killing In The Name" knocked
its 2010 entry to second place. Last year it lost out to a choir of Military Wives
Now producers for the show have decided to release the single a week earlier to avoid the same happening this year, according to NME
The campaign to get Rage Against The Machine to beat X Factor to the top spot was started by Jon
and Tracy Morter
, who had no idea it would be so influential.
"Changing the chart was basically a trivial thing, but it can show how people can get together and be heard"
, Tracy told Spinner
in 2011. "It would be quite difficult to get everybody behind the same song. We won't do it again. Then we'd be as bad as X Factor."