Teenager Joe McElderry won the sixth series of popular TV show "The X Factor" on Sunday, and is widely tipped to top the Christmas charts with his debut single, a cover of Miley Cyrus's "The Climb" (Syco/Sony Music Entertainment).

Bookmaker's favourite McElderry, who performed with former Wham singer George Michael during the first of two live final shows on ITV1, beat rival finalist 25-year-old Olly Murs to secure the "X Factor" crown and a lucrative recording contract.

The pair, who beat 200,000 other applicants to reach the final show, received more than 10 million votes between them.

Eighteen-year-old student McElderry, from the north of England, performed Journey's "Don't Stop Believing" on the final show, while Murs, who was mentored by music mogul and the show's producer Simon Cowell, sang "Twist and Shout."

Both also performed the winner's single in a final bid to win over the public vote, before joining the other 10 finalist acts to sing with former Beatle Paul McCartney.

After the result was announced McElderry jumped up and down screaming as he hugged his mentor, Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole.

"I can't even speak," he said. "Thank you so much everyone."

Previous winners of the competition, which draws millions of viewers every week, have secured the Christmas top spot in the pop music charts for the last four years.

The 12 finalists from this year's show already collectively topped the charts last month with their charity hit version of Michael Jackson's "You are not Alone."