So Simon Cowell has tasted unusual defeat, and Joe McElderry's rendering of "The Climb" has faltered at the summit of the charts. A Facebook campaign, organised by couple who were fed up with the annual X Factor Christmas number one, has installed Rage against the Machine there instead. Of course, nothing is ever as simple as it appears. Rage against the Machine are signed to Sony BMG, just like wee Geordie Joe, so guess who makes a pile either way? (A Mr S Cowell of London and Los Angeles, if you're wondering).
So is this finally the rise of people power against the big corporations? In a way, I think maybe it is. One thing is for certain, this success will tempt a lot more people to try the same sort of thing, no doubt with varying degrees of success. I wouldn't mind betting that even now a monocled music mogul is in a bunker somewhere, stroking a white Persian cat and plotting a "netroots" campaign for world domination by an "indie" singer-songwiter. (Actually it's already happened several times)
Simon Cowell, after initially calling that campaign "stupid" has now phoned the organisers to congratulate them. Smart man. What price Rage against the Machine guesting on the next series of X Factor?