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X Factor number one 'guaranteed'
Leona Lewis

X Factor winner Leona Lewis is certain to top the Christmas singles chart, according to latest sales figures.

Her cover version of Kelly Clarkson's A Moment Like This has just hit stores - but it has been available to download since the beginning of the week.

Lewis is expected to beat last year's X Factor winner Shayne Ward, whose single That's My Goal sold 732,000 copies.

Take That are likely to fall one place to two this week, with McFly's double A-side entering the chart at three.

Contenders

"Leona should match, if not overtake Shayne Ward's sales," said HMV's Gennaro Castaldo.

"Nearly five million votes were cast for her in the [X Factor] final, and you have to assume a good proportion of those viewers will buy the single."

On its first three days on release, Lewis' song has already beaten the record for the most downloads in a single week - a record previously held by Gnarls Barkley's Crazy.

Other Christmas contenders hoping to chart this weekend include pop group Girls Aloud and female choristers All Angels.


VOTE RESULTS
Will you buy a Christmas single this year?
Yes, I'm stocking up
 4.22% 
Ho ho no
 95.76% 
35576 Votes Cast
Results are indicative and may not reflect public opinion

SEE ALSO
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17 Dec 06 |  Entertainment

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