Diver Tom Daley's 2013 calendar becomes this year's third biggest seller – despite being released less than a MONTH ago
Daley's effort sees off competition from Kelly Brook and Cliff Richard
Boy band One Direction take the top spot with Justin Bieber in second
22:23 GMT, 31 October 2012
Diving sensation Tom Daley is making waves after producing one of this year’s best-selling calendars.
Although his 2013 calendar was released barely a month ago, the bronze medal-winning star has already reached third place in a sales chart compiled by retailer HMV and official calendar maker Danilo Promotions.
Boy band One Direction top the list for a second year running, while Canadian teen star Justin Bieber is runner-up.
Third: Tom Daley's calendar is the third biggest seller of 2012 – despite being launched less than a month ago
Number one: One Direction are behind 2012's top selling calendar for the second year running
I don't belieb it! Justin Bieber's effort is the second biggest selling calendar of 2012
Daley, the high diving heartthrob who bolstered his army of fans through his appearances at London 2012, is the highest new entry in the list.
Comic character Keith Lemon – created by Leigh Francis – is at number four, after making his movie debut this year. He is four places higher than his glamorous love interest from the film, Kelly Brook, who makes her official calendar chart comeback.
Sir Cliff Richard, a regular best-seller, slipped from last year’s number two to six.
Sales of 2013 calendars are reported to be up 10 per cent, mainly on the strength of One Direction’s popularity, who are outselling the rest of the top 10 combined.
HMV merchandise buyer Craig Dodds said: 'One Direction topped the Calendar Chart for 2012, and it looks like they have no competition, athough HMV are experiencing a demand for Tom Daley’s raunchy debut calendar this week, so we may well see a festive surge from him too.'
Body beautiful: Daley shows off his honed torso in January's image
Hot: Daley shows off his saucy side in these images from his 2013 calendar
TOP 10 CALENDARS IN 2012
1. (1) One Direction
2. (3) Justin Bieber
3. (-) Tom Daley
4. (-) Keith Lemon
5. (4) JLS
6. (2) Cliff Richard
7. (10) Cheryl
8. (-) Kelly Brook
9. (-) Olly Murs
10. (-) The Wanted
London 2012 bronze medallist Daley, 18, appears in a
variety of poses – some of them shirtless and covered in water.
But Tom has admitted that his calendar is 'almost a bit of a mick take.'
He said: 'The one on the front cover where I’m covered in water was really funny to do.
had to pound a bucket of water over me, it wasn’t cold, it was sort of
lukewarm. It took a few takes to get to get it right through because the
water needed to be in the right place.'
He continued: 'I’m going to give it
to all my friends at Christmas, it will be a funny present.
all think the calendar is really funny. It’s a mick take almost. It’s
the first calendar I’ve done and it was good fun. I really enjoyed it
and I just hope people like it.
'Apparently the Calendar Club said there is a lot of interest in it.'
Although the 18-year-old might look as
if butter wouldn't melt in his mouth, some of the shots featured in the
calendar reveal that he has a saucy side.
Among the photos are several shirtless shots, including one that sees him wrestling with a turquoise fine knit jumper.
Unsurprisingly though, Tom, of
Plymouth, Devon, says his favourite picture falls on his birthday month
of May, which shows him receiving his bronze medal at the London 2012
In total, nine of
the twelve photos show off his toned, tanned torso, although three are
The remaining images show off Daley's conservative sense
of style, including a scrubbed up shot of the diver sporting a lilac
Although Daley has never modelled in an
advertising campaign, he's no stranger to editorial photo shoots and has
posed – in varying states of undress – for numerous British magazines