X Factor has become synonymous with the U.K Christmas no.1 ever since the show first launched in 2004.

However, this may be about to change.

The final for X Factor 2018 will be much earlier than previous years, perhaps ending the show’s ties with the Christmas no.1 slot.

So when is the X Factor 2018 final?

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When is the X Factor Final 2018?

The final of X Factor 2018 will be on the first weekend of December.

The final two live shows will commence on Saturday, December 1st, and Sunday, December 2nd.

X Factor and Christmas

X Factor has always timed the final date to give their winning artist the best chance of claiming the U.K chart number one slot over Christmas.

Traditionally, the X Factor final would air a week or two before Christmas, giving the winner a strong chance of earning a number one hit with their first release.

However, there has been a rapid demise with X Factor’s success in the charts over recent years, which could be the reason behind their change of format.

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X Factor Christmas Number 1’s

There hasn’t been a Christmas number one from an X Factor winner in over three years.

Ben Haenow’s release of Something I Need was the last X Factor Christmas number one in 2014. The following three years were dominated by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir, Clean Bandit and Ed Sheeran.

Here’s the full list of X Factor Christmas number one hits:

  • 2014: Ben Haenow – Something I Need
  • 2013: Sam Bailey – Skyscraper
  • 2010: Matt Cardle – When We Collide
  • 2008: Alexandra Burke – Hallelujah
  • 2007: Leon Jackson- When You Believe
  • 2006: Leona Lewis – A Moment Like This
  • 2005: Shayne Ward – That’s My Goal


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