'X Factor's' Cardle takes top spot for Christmas
'THE X Factor' winner Matt Cardle was crowned king of the British pop charts last night when he soared to the top spot to claim the prized Christmas No 1.
The 27-year-old left competition from the anti-Simon Cowell camp trailing in his wake as his cover of the Biffy Clyro track 'When We Collide' won pop pickers' hearts.
His version of the song by the Mercury Prize-nominated rock trio sold 439,000 copies in the six days following his victory on the ITV talent show last Sunday.
This represented a record weekly total for a non-charity release this year and gave Cardle a lead of more than 300,000 over Rihanna Ft Drake's 'What's My Name', which finished in second place.
The Irish Christmas No 1 will be revealed on Wednesday, with Cardle doing battle with Limerick comic outfit The Rubberbandits.
Cardle's planned celebrations for his UK win involved "one or two beers".
He said: "I can't believe it. As if winning wasn't enough. I honestly didn't think I'd even make it on to the live shows, let alone win and now be the Christmas number one.
"I can't even begin to describe how if feels. It's nuts, crackers and crazy. To think that many people have supported me and bought the record is absolutely mind-blowing."