Gay UK X Factor finalist Marcus Collins lags behind forerunners with debut single chart position
Marcus Collins' debut single Seven Nation Army has made it into the top 10 of the UK charts.
The singer, who came second in the UK version of The X Factor, divided critics and music fans with his first single, a swing version of The White Stripes' classic.
However, the song, which was released last Monday (5 March), entered the singles chart at a respectable number nine.
On hearing the news, the pop star from Liverpool tweeted: 'Wow guys!! Thankyou so much you got me to #9 with my first debut single!!! It feels amazing to be in the charts! I love you and thankyou x'
His chart entry is disappointing when compared to previous X Factor debuts.
Boyband JLS were runner-up in the TV contest in 2008 and their first single Beat Again topped the charts when it was released the following year.
While Olly Murs also came second in 2009, but bagged a number one hit in 2010 with Please Don't Let Me Go.
The X Factor has spawned a string of successful pop singers, including One Direction, Alexandra Burke and, of course, global superstar Leona Lewis.
Collins' self-titled album, which is executive produced by his X Factor mentor, judge and Take That frontman Gary Barlow, is out today (12 March).
The 12-track record features original songs, as well as cover versions of Your Love Is Lifting Me Higher by Jackie Wilson and Tightrope by Janelle Monae.