Holding the Christmas No 1? X Factor winners Little Mix release debut single in Perrie and Jade"s hometown

Holding the Christmas No 1 X Factor winners Little Mix release debut single in Perrie and Jade”s hometown

The Christmas number one has always been a subject for debate, with critics saying the X Factor makes it impossible for anyone else to get a look in.

So this year”s winners Little Mix have gone back to their roots in an attempt to make it to the top of the charts.

The girls released their debut single, Damien Rice”s Cannonball, in the hometown of members Perrie Edwards and Jade Thirwall.

X-Factor winners Little Mix, from left, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards with their debut single Cannonball at HMV in South Shields, south Tyneside

Winners: Little Mix, from left, Jade Thirlwall, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Perrie Edwards, launching their debut single Cannonball today in South Shields, South Tyneside – hometown of Perrie and Jade

Along with bandmates Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jesy Nelson, they signed autographs and posed with fans at the HMV store in South Shields, South Tyneside.

Little Mix have have reportedly already sold an impressive 68,800 copies of their winners” single.

But the girls are facing some tough competition this year as a Facebook campaign threatens to knock them off the top spit.

Enlarge Tough competition: A Facebook campaign has been started to knock Little Mix off the top of the Christmas charts in favour of Nirvana Enlarge The real cover: Nevermind featured the hit song which was written by Kurt Cobain who died 17 years ago

Tough competition: A Facebook campaign has been started to knock Little Mix off the top of the Christmas charts in favour of Nirvana”s 20-year-old Smells Like Teen Spirit

Anti X-Factor music enthusiasts have started a page, trying to push Nirvana”s 20-year-old hit Smells Like Teen Spirit to number one, despite lead singer Kurt Kobain being dead for 17 years.

The campaign is reminiscent of an internet drive in 2009 which saw X Factor winner Joe McElderry become the first winner not to top the charts at Christmas in the six years the competition had been running.

AFacebook page promoting Rage Against The Machine”s Killing In The Name ensured his debut single, Miley Cyrus” The Climb, had to wait one week before reaching number one.

Hoping for the best: The single, Damien Rice

Hoping for the best: The single, Damien Rice”s Cannonball, has reportedly already sold 68,000 copies but threatens to be knocked off the top spot, despite Nirvana singer Kurt Kobain being dead since 1994

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You”re famous now! The girls were on hand to sign autographs and pose for photos with the fans

The Nirvana page features a spoof CD cover featuring a naked baby with X factor judge Louis Walsh”s face superimposed on it.

The cover is a take on Nirvana”s Nevermind album in which Smells Like Teen Spirit features on.

Thecampaign supports the charity Rhythmix, which is the former name of Little Mix before they were forced to change it over copyright issues.

Making it big: The girls looked cute in comfortable sneakers, jeans and T-shirts as they beamed at the camera, basking in their success

Making it big: The girls looked cute in comfortable sneakers, jeans and T-shirts as they beamed at the camera, basking in their success

Buy it please! Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Perrie Edwards with their debut single Cannonball

Buy it please! Leigh-Anne Pinnock, and Perrie Edwards with their debut single Cannonball

It supports young people by delivering a range of music opportunities.

The Facebook page has already received more than 132,000 “likes”.

Little Mix also face competition from a group of wives whose husbands are serving in Afghanistan.

The Military Wives rose to fame in BBC show The Choir.

Our idols: These two excited fans bought along pictures of Perrie and Jade they had painted

Our idols: These two excited fans bought along pictures of Perrie and Jade they had painted

Keen: These two little girls braved the cold in warm mittens, hats and scarves so they could get a glimpse of their idols and buy a copy of the new single

Keen: These two little girls braved the cold in warm mittens, hats and scarves so they could get a glimpse of their idols and buy a copy of the new single

Their single, Wherever You Are, features lines from letters and poems the women and their husbands.

Hitmaker: Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died 17 years ago, wrote Smells Like Teen Spirit

Hitmaker: Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, who died 17 years ago, wrote Smells Like Teen Spirit

It will be released in support of the Royal British Legion and the Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association.

Othersin the running for number one include Justin Bieber with his single Misteltoe, or his duet with Mariah Carey, All I Want For Christmas Is You.

The Only Way Is Essex cast are also in the running with Last Christmas.

Crooner Cliff Richard said last week that the X Factor had “killed” anybody else”s chance of achieving number one at Christmas.

Asked whether he thought he could top the Christmas chart once again, Cliff told Digital Spy: “With the right song, yeah I think so. The X Factor kind of killed everybody else”s chance of being number one at Christmas as their show runs for 26 weeks and culminated one week before.

“So everybody is waiting for that song, from that winner. It”s almost impossible to compete as they always were at number one.”

He added: “Even if that”s the case now, you need the right song. The thing about having a number one is it being the right song in the right moment with the right artist.

“I haven”t had a lot of number ones at Christmas, but I”ve had a couple of biggies. Mistletoe and Wine, The Millennium Prayer and Saviour”s Day. When I listen to them I think, “I was so lucky to get given those things to sing”.”