Matt Cardle has heard that the bird is the word

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 16: X-Factor winner Matt Cardle attends a photocall to promote his new single 'When We Collide' after his performance at Whiteleys shopping centre on December 16, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)

Matt Cardle is aware of the Facebook campaigns to prevent him from bagging the Christmas number one this year, but he doesn’t sound too bothered.

It worked last year when a Facebook campaign was started to get Rage Against The Machine to number one, and X Factor 2009 winner Joe McElderry had to settle for a number two with his winner’s single The Climb.

Well this year it could happen again. At the time of writing, Surfin’ Bird by The Trashmen is at number three in the iTunes chart, the number one top track (MP3) on and number one in the Amazon MP3 chart, which gives a pretty good indication of how well it is selling. It’s all thanks to another Facebook campaign. But what does this year’s winner Matt make of all this?

“I understand why they do it. I have been too focused on the competition to be really thinking about it an awful lot,” he told STV.

“If people want to get something else to number one that’s fine…if it’s for charity whatever…you can’t stop people doing what they want to do.”

Click here to check out the Surfin’ Bird campaign – we’d love it to bag the top spot.