The underdog has truly triumphed. Leon Jackson lagged behind Rhydian Roberts the whole way through the X-factor, dogged by stage nerves and a lack of confidence, with the Welshman's voice and temperament likely to win the day.
Yet it's the Scotsman who's had the final say with his unexpected surge to victory, his final performance in front of the sugared-up ITV audience clinching his win. But while few could begrudge the likeable Jackson his victory, the tired old format that is the X factor has been fully revealed this year.
Again we witnessed the raw audition talent having their characters slowly bled dry in an endless wave of soupy studio arrangements choreographed within an inch of their lives, the judges resorting to supposed bickering and posturing to keep the red top front pages busy. Jackson was one of the few contestants to avoid this fate.
And the song? It's tired as well, massacred once by the formidable warblers Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey, and back for a second execution at the hands of the same record label.
It's a sad reflection on what can still be termed the singles chart that the Christmas number one, once a race that fired the imagination and passion, is now a foregone conclusion with a manufactured pop star's cover version. My advice is go and buy Malcolm Middleton's song instead. He's got it sussed - if the X factor comes back again next year, we're all going to die!