John Lennon may one have been derided for claiming the Beatles were "bigger than Jesus" well it appears that Simon Cowell actually is more famous that God or the Queen. However the caveat must be added that this is only with the under tens, coming top in a poll pushing God and the Queen into second and third place.
Jesus about whom X Factor winner Alexandra Burke sang on Saturday night came a lowly sixth behind also Father Christmas and Harry Potter.
Of course Alexandra did fail to make the live stages of the X Factor 3 years ago. But of course some of the people who make a name for themselves on the show, the notorious noes, have no talent whatsoever. So therefore with four Olympic cyclists on the BBC Sports Personality of the Year short list of 10 there was a worry that the vote may be split. However, Chris Hoy did make it another triple this year, snatching the overall top prize, with the cycling team pipping Team GB to the team award, and their coach Dave Brailsford taking the Coach of the Year award.
Lewis Hamilton may have won the F1 title but unlike Damon Hill it wasn't an automatic shoe-in for the top prize in what was a spectacular year for Olympic sports with Britain's first gold medalist in the pool for over 40 years Rebecca Addlington completing the top three individuals.
Another triple gold medalist's Jamacan sprinter Usain Bolt won the overseas sports personality, and paralympian swimmer Ellie Simmonds won the young sports personality award.