Oh, boo hoo - Simon Cowell has ruined Christmas for Fred from BetFred, William Hill and their friends. They're talking about stopping running a book on the Christmas number one because The X factor has taken the guesswork out of it. HMV's gambling-entertainment vizier is on hand to mark the occasion:
And Gennaro Castaldo, of retailer HMV, said: "It's almost impossible to be among the best sellers at Christmas these days without either being a product of the X Factor or going on the show to promote your album.
"It gives you access to a huge family audience and we see an instant impact on sales as soon as an artist goes on. The only challenge to total Simon Cowell domination is coming from the equally potent Twilight New Moon franchise, which is driving book, calendar and T-shirt sales."
You've got to love the odds on a Twilight calendar getting to number one in the singles chart, thought.
Interesting that the worry is that Cowell has ruined the gambling at Christmas, and not that he's TOTALLY RUINED CHRISTMAS MUSIC FOREVER. Which you might have thought was more pressing.