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Taking the Christmas number one spot has become part and parcel of winning the X Factor.
But, despite 17 million fans watching Joe McElderry triumph on Sunday’s show, bookies have taken the unusual step of suspending betting on who will take the coveted slot.
It follows a surge in sales of new favourite Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name, which is championed by an anti-X Factor internet campaign.
As Joe returned to a triumphant welcome in his hometown of South Shields today, it emerged that Rage already tops the Amazon download chart.
The track sold 92,000 yesterday for a total this week of 175,000 so far, with McElderry standing on 110,000.
Bookmaker William Hill suspended betting on the Christmas No.1 this afternoon after a flurry of bets made the betting ‘unviable’.
A spokesman said 98 per cent of the bets were for Rage Against The Machine and the firm had to keep adjusting the prices until it became the favourite.
Bets of up to £1,000 were being placed for the song.