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Can The NHS Beat The X Factor Winner

Added on Tuesday 24th November 2015

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As we edge towards December the fight for this year's Christmas Number One starts to rear it's head. Will we once again suffer the pain of another X Factor winner topping the charts over the festive season or just for once can we have something decent? We look at who's in the running and their odds of success.

Sadly The X Factor winner is currently Evens to be Christmas Number One at Betfred. Last year Ben Haenow (or Ben WhereIsHeNow) took the coveted position with "Something I Need". He took top spot ahead of Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson's Uptown Funk, which let's face it would have been a better option. Hoping to go one better than Ronson in 2015 are the likes of Cilla Black, Aurora, Eagles Of Death Metal and Kylie Minogue.

The Eagles Of Death Metal are 6/1 to be top of the charts come Christmas Day. This has come about as there's a campaign to get them to No.1 to "show solidarity against terrorism" following the attack on The Bataclan in Paris where the band were playing at the time. We're not so sure that it's a campaign that has legs. If there was ever an appropriate song for this message then John Lennon's Happy Xmas (War Is Over) would be up there.

Joining The Eagles Of Death Metal at 6/1 is Adele. Unless she releases a quick follow up to "Hello" then we suspect that she'll be saying "Goodbye" to any chances of being at the top for Christmas. Just behind Adele is The Star Wars theme at 7/1 and Cilla Black at 8/1. Both of these have become potential Christmas Number Ones due to Facebook and/or fan campaigns. The Star Wars theme campaign is being back by Jon Morter who was behind Rage Against The Machine's festive success.

If you fancy longer odds then The NHS Choir are at 20/1 alongside Sam Smith, Bob Dylan, Kylie Minogue and James Corden and One Direction. Of this group there's a big campaign to get The NHS Choir whilst the Corden & Minogue version of Yazoo's Only You is as close to a festive tune that we can get - which let's face is incredibly disappointing.

However if we had a choice then Kylie Minogue and James Corden would be the one we'd like to see be 2015's Christmas Number One. We suspect that The X Factor Winner will prevail but with Facebook campaigns for The NHS and Star Wars in full swing then who knows? At 20/1 The NHS isn't a bad outside punt whilst Star Wars at 7s would make for a Happy Christmas too.

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