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'X Factor' winner's single to be released during Christmas No.1 week

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The winner of this year's X Factor will release their single during the week of what qualifies as the 2013 Christmas No.1.

The ITV show has avoided the festive chart battle for the last two years, but the Official Charts Company has announced that the single will release on Monday, December 16 - following the contest's final the day before - with the No.1 being revealed the following Sunday, December 22.

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2011 winners Little Mix and 2012 winner James Arthur both reached the top spot, but their singles were released the week before Christmas.

Matt Cardle's Biffy Clyro cover in 2010 was the last X Factor winner's single released during Christmas No.1 week and it topped the charts.

In 2009, however, Joe McElderry was beaten to No.1 by an anti-Simon Cowell campaign's push for Rage Against The Machine's 1993 single 'Killing In The Name'.

Also in the running for this year's Christmas top spot are 11-year-old choirboy Jack Topping and Britain's Got Talent finalists Richard & Adam.

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