Simon Cowell has offered jobs to the couple behind the Facebook campaign to get Rage Against the Machine to Christmas No 1, but they’ve turned him down.

The band’s 1992 song Killing in the Name beat X Factor winner Joe McElderry to the top spot on Sunday night.

Cowell told The Mirror: “I am genuinely impressed by the campaign they have run. It has been a good campaign with no dirty tricks and without any funding. They have been passionate and worked hard.

“I offered them jobs at my record company. It could be in marketing or perhaps even running the company!

“This is their first attempt at putting out a record and they got a Christmas No 1, so they have not done badly at all.

“I wanted them to come and work for us. I was deadly serious byt they haven’t taken me up on the offer.”

Jon Morter, who started the online campaign with partner Tracy, said: “He was very nice, really nice to talk to. We had a little chat about music and just things in general really. He was lovely and wished us well and he also said it was probably the best Christmas No 1 race that he has been involved with.”

Rage Against the Machine sold 502,672 copies while Joe McElderry sold 450,838 copies of his version of The Climb.