Joe McElderry tops the Christmas charts…in Ireland

Joe McElderry has managed to make his dream of getting a Christmas number one come true - after he topped the charts in Ireland.

The X Factor winner failed to secure the position in the UK charts on Sunday with his version of the Miley Cyrus song The Climb, after he was beaten to the top by Rage Against The Machine’s Killing in the Name.

The 18-year-old singer had faced a bitter battle to the top from a Facebook group set up on the internet, which had set out to stop this year’s winner from the singing competition landing the Christmas number one.

And poor Joe failed to keep his rivals off the top spot, despite the huge media frenzy surrounding him.

But it seems that the South Shields singer now has something to celebrate, after The Climb was named the number one in Ireland this week.

Killing in the Name
is currently in position two, followed by Lady GaGa’s Bad Romance at number three, the charity single from the X Factor final 12, You Are Not Alone, at number four, and the Black Eyed Peas hit Meet Me Halfway, at number five.

Just last week, Joe spoke exclusively to and told us that he wasn’t taking the chart battle with Rage Against the Machine to heart.

He said: I’m not taking it personally because it’s more to do with The X Factor, it’s not a personal thing. It’s just one of those things that you have to get on with.”

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