The X Factor winner Alexandra Burke already has the Christmas number 1 ‘in the bag’ according to one of Britain’s biggest music retailers.
The 20-year-old singer, who won a £1 million recording contract after wowing millions of viewers during Saturday night’s final, has released her debut single Hallelujah for download.
HMV confirmed the single was its fastest-ever selling download and is predicting this year’s Christmas number 1 is now a certainty.
Gennaro Castaldo from HMV said: “Hallelujah promises to be the biggest X Factor release yet, and the chances are that Alexandra will have the Christmas No 1 single in the bag even before her CD single officially hits the stores in midweek.
“Alexandra’s biggest challenge for the festive top spot is likely to come from Peter Kay’s alter-ego Geraldine McQueen, but the reality is that while he may sell in the tens of thousands, Alexandra will sell in the hundreds of thousands – it’s really all about the race for the No 2 spot now.”
Bookmakers William Hill and Ladbrokes agree, and have both made her clear favourite to top the chart this Christmas with her cover of Leonard Cohen’s Hallelujah.
Burke’s chances were rated as 1/8 by Ladbrokes, and 1/5 by Hill.
Ladbrokes spokesman Nick Weinberg said: “It’s as close to a certainty as you’re likely to find.”
CLICK below to watch Alexandra sing Hallelujah on The X Factor.