Christmas Number 1 2011 – Two to watch

This entry was posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Like most bad things these days, it is all Simon Cowell’s fault. Back in the day, the race for Christmas number one saw every big artist or band in the country spend months penning a potential classic, designed to nab the vaunted Number 1 Xmas slot. Who could forget the Pogues ‘Fairytale in New York’, Slade’s ‘Merry Christmas Everybody’, or erm, that great eponymous mid-90s hit ‘Mr Blobby.’

Yet with the dominance of the X Factor (whose winner has topped five of the last six Xmas charts,) serious bands are reluctant to issue a Christmas hit, given the inevitable humiliation which lies in wait. Hell – even joke bands like the Saturdays, don’t think it is worth their time.

This year sees another reality hit – the Military Wives Choir – go head-to-head with X Factor’s Little Mix, in the battle for Christmas Number One. Can Cowell be beaten at his own game?

Military Wives Choir – Wherever You Are

A niche BBC2 show about choristers may not seem the most likely producer of a hit record, but such is the cult popularity of Gareth Malone and his band of military wags, ‘Wherever You Are’ is the hot favourite on Betfair, priced at just 1.25.

Little Mix – Canonball

Yet we still fancy an upset, and X Factor to rule again. Little Mix were incredibly popular winners, and in Canonball, they will release a classic, heartwarming, wintery song. The girl band are also dominating the publicity stakes at the moment – they are everywhere – and we think there is undoubted value to be had at 4.5.

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