A campaign to get a recording of four and a half minutes of silence to top the charts this Christmas may scupper the chances of an X Factor Christmas No 1.

Last year an internet campaign saw Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name beat 2009 X Factor winner Joe McElderry’s song The Climb to the Christmas No 1.

Now almost 30,000 people have signed up on Facebook to back Cage Against The Machine, which aims to put avant-garde composer John Cage’s silent work 4’33” at the top spot.

The winner of this year’s X Factor is expected to be a strong contender to top the charts this Christmas.

A website, set up to promote the idea, calls on music fans to repeat last year’s success ‘with 4 minutes and 33 seconds of avant garde silence’ and make December 25 ‘a silent night’.

Cage composed his work in 1952 when he asked musicians to not touch their instruments for four minutes and 33 seconds.