X Factor winner Matt Terry misses out on top spot in singles chart

X Factor champion Matt Terry and One Direction star Louis Tomlinson have both missed hitting the top spot in the charts this week as Clean Bandit continue to reign supreme with their hit single Rockabye.

Matt, who was crowned the winner of the reality show on Sunday, debuted on the Official Singles Chart at number three with his Ed Sheeran-penned track When Christmas Comes Around.

However, the reality TV contestant’s song had just five full days of sales rather than the usual seven due to the single being released after his TV win.

Louis’ debut solo effort with Steve Aoki, Just Hold On, was also released later than usual – on Saturday after a performance on The X Factor – and debuted at number two.

Just Hold On was released days after the death of his mother Johannah Deakin at 43.

Both Matt and Louis’ singles still have a chance to reach the Christmas number one spot, though.

The race for the coveted festive chart position begins today and the winner will be revealed on Friday December 23.

Clean Bandit’s Rockabye, a collaboration with Sean Paul and Anne-Marie, fended off the hotly-tipped new releases to top the charts for the sixth consecutive week.

The rest of the top five is made up with The Weeknd’s Starboy at number four and Human by Rag’n'Bone Man at number five.

Over on the Official Albums Chart, Alfie Boe and Michael Ball’s collaborative album Together has finally achieved number one status after five weeks in the top five.

It marks the first UK number one album for Alfie and the first number one album for Michael in more than 20 years.

Michael told OfficialCharts.com: “This is absolutely fantastic. It just goes to show that you never, ever know what is around the corner in this business.

“We didn’t expect this. It is just unbelievable.”

Alfie added: “A huge thanks to everyone who bought the album. Our hearts go out to you all for Christmas.

“We hope we entertain you with the album for Christmas and lots of love to everyone.”

Last week’s chart-toppers the Rolling Stones have slipped into second place with Blue & Lonesome, with Little Mix’s Glory Days at number three, Elvis Presley’s The Wonder Of You at number four and Olly Murs in fifth place with 24 Hrs.

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