THE DAILY Star
SIMON COWELL HAS THE X FACTOR OVER TOP 20 ALBUMS\
Dec 25 2009
A whopping 16 are connected to Cowell, 50, or The X Factor.
Two are from winner Leona Lewis, 24, and runners-up JLS and one is from judge Cheryl Cole, 26. Other artists have seen their sales shoot up thanks to appearing on the show, including Robbie Williams, 35, and Michael Buble, 34.
Susan Boyle, 48, became a star after appearing on Cowell’s Britain’s Got Talent. Westlife and Will Young, 30, have also made the top 20.
Irish singer Kian Egan, 29, helped judge Louis Walsh, 57, pick bands for the contest and Will was brought on board to help Cheryl choose her favourite young lads.
The only acts in this weekend’s festive HMV top 20 which have nothing to do with Cowell, right, are Rod Stewart, 64, Paolo Nutini, 22, The Soldiers and Bette Midler, 64.
Last night, HMV spokesman Gennaro Castaldo said: “You could say Simon’s brought the Christmas Factor to our charts.
“He still has the Midas touch.”