Cowell’s second festive humiliation?
With just 12 contestants left to compete for the big prize, there are no guarantees that any of them will be able to avoid a similarly embarrassing fate to Joe McElderry's. Because it already seems certain that many of the people who rallied against the reality show last year are determined to repeat their historic feat.
In fact, one ‘song' is emerging as the unlikely frontrunner in this battle to defy Cowell again and the international music mogul is unlikely to enjoy the sound of it. He will be concerned that the numbers backing classical composer John Cage's piece ‘4'33"' currently total almost 18,000 on this Facebook page.
Even more infuriating will be the fact that the equally celebrated and derided work is entirely silent. Originally unveiled on 29 August 1952 as part of a recital of contemporary piano music in Woodstock, New York, the three-movement work is considered the American's most important composition.
But it is not, inevitably, without controversy, and it prompted Cage into a 40-year defensive stance that lasted right up to his death in 1992. "They missed the point. There's no such thing as silence. What they thought was silence, because they didn't know how to listen, was full of accidental sounds.
"You could hear the wind stirring outside during the first movement. During the second, raindrops began patterning the roof, and during the third the people themselves made all kinds of interesting sounds as they talked or walked out," he said following the premiere in America.
Of course, the supporters backing ‘4'33"''s unlikely festive bid have no such qualms. Online commentators can't get enough of the song, which is also being linked with a contemporary ‘mash-up'. "I love the bit where the trumpets don't come in," commented one fan, while another said: "Wanna use this as my ringtone."
With the likes of Matt Cardle, Rebecca Ferguson, One Direction and Cher Lloyd amongst the favourites to take this year's prize on a programme that commands huge audience figures, Cowell will be determined to avoid another ‘Killing In The Name Of' moment. How stupid would he look if his latest pop darling was defeated by this?
What do you think of the campaign behind ‘4'33"'? Will you be getting behind it or backing whoever takes the ‘X Factor' title? Have your say below...