X Factor's Leona Nabs Christmas Number Oneby Contributor | 24 December 2006
X Factor winner Leona Lewis is sitting pretty in the festive charts after her debut single A Moment Like This went straight to number one just five days after going on sale.
Only eight days after winning the ITV1 talent show, the 21-year-old managed to shove last week's top selling single, Patience by Take That, into second spot.
Leona follows in the footsteps of last year's X Factor champ Shayne Ward in getting a Christmas number one with her first-ever release.
McFly's latest effort, Sorry's Not Good Enough, turned out to not be quite up to it as it came in at three, while Girls Aloud's cover of the old Tiffany hit I Think We're Alone now was one behind at four.
Christmas classic Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and the late Kirsty MacColl meanwhile rose four places to six.
Take That need not feel so glum tomorrow either, as the comeback kings of pop are at number one in the Christmas album's chart, which is unsurprisingly dominated by seasonal compilations.
Top ten UK singles (last week's position)
1 A Moment Like This, Leona Lewis (NE)
2 Patience, Take That (1)
3 Sorry's Not Good Enough, McFly (NE)
4 I Think We're Alone Now, Girls Aloud (NE)
5 Truly Madly Deeply, Cascada (4)
6 Fairytale of New York, The Pogues (10)
7 21st Century Christmas/Move It, Cliff Richard (2)
8 Boogie 2Nite, Booty Luv (5)
9 Smack That, Akon featuring Eminem (6)
10 You Know my Name, Chris Cornell (7)
Top five UK albums (last week's position)
1 Beautiful World, Take That (1)
2 The Love Album, Westlife (3)
3 Stop the Clocks, Oasis (2)
4 Siempre, Il Divo (4)
5 Twenty Five, George Michael (9)