Apparently the competition for the number one song on the charts the week of Christmas is a big deal in Britain and that spot has belonged to the winner of Simon Cowell‘s show The X Factor, an American Idol type show in the UK, for four years in a row. And that pissed some people off. A Facebook campaign was started to make sure that the recent X factor winner , Joe McElderry, and his new single “The Climb” DID NOT win. Now that doesn’t seem very Christmas spiritey, does it?
Jon and Tracey Mortor, a husband and wife and music lovers, set out to make an upset against the Cowell “music machine”. They actually also started a grassroots campaign last year with Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” (sorry, that’s probably going to be stuck in your head for the rest of the day) but couldn’t win the number one spot against last years X factor winner. This year they chose Rage Against the Machine‘s “Killing in the Name”. The grassroots campaign worked making the download only tune #1 and “The Claim” #2.
McElderry graciously said he didn’t take the campaign personally and feels the success of X factor was more than he expected. It still seems pretty mean spirited to campaign against an 18 year old who is just starting his career. But then again it’s pretty entertaining that a song boasting “F you, I won’t do what you tell me” topped the Holiday charts. Plus Rage is donating all proceeds of the single to the homeless charity Shelter. So it sounds like everyone pretty happy, including Simon who gets to jet ski in the Caribbean with her No. 2 single money.