Ed Sheeran and Elton John face stiff opposition in Christmas number one race


Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John released their highly anticipated Christmas single, complete with sleigh bells, festive lyrics and a music video with a cast of famous friends.

Profits from K from Merry Christmas during this year’s holiday season will go to Sheeran’s Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John Aids Foundation.

Both already have experience in creating a festive hit.

Sheeran won Christmas number one in 2017 with Perfect, while Sir Elton’s 1973 hit, Step Into Christmas, has returned to the Top 10 in the past two years.

As the duo enter the race, here are the other contenders for this year’s number one Christmas.

– Adele


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(Simon Emmett / Columbia Records / PA)

A number of tracks from the London-raised pop superstar’s last 30 album continue to perform well weeks after release.

Number one single Easy On Me and tracks Oh My God and I Drink Wine are up for Christmas number one.

– LadBaby

Video of the day

Video blogger Mark Hoyle and his wife Roxanne have taken first place for the past three years with their sausage roll-themed musical parodies, and although they haven’t announced an offer for 2021, they remain. the favorites of bookmakers.

– Gary Barlow and Sheridan Smith

The former Take That star and award-winning actress and singer Olivier teamed up for the first time for Barlow’s Lockdown Crooner sessions.

Now, they’ve released a festive duet called How Christmas Is Supposed To Be, accompanied by a video in which they unwrap gifts and sing together around a white piano.

The song comes from Barlow’s Christmas debut album The Dream Of Christmas, and he hopes to follow in the footsteps of former bandmate Robbie Williams, who topped the charts with his own festive record in 2019.

– Abba

Swedish superstars could cap their comeback with a Christmas number one.

Earlier this year, Agnetha Faltskog, Bjorn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson and Anni-Frid Lyngstad reunited to release their first album in nearly 40 years, Voyage.

He presents the track Little Things, which explores the joys of Christmas morning.

With a children’s choir and the support of Sir Ian McKellen, the song could claim first place.

– Craig Revel Horwood and Rietta Austin

An unlikely participant in the race comes from Strictly Come Dancing judge Craig Revel Horwood.

The famous austere dancer and choreographer has teamed up with close friend and Strictly Live singer Rietta Austin on the song It’s Christmas, Merry Christmas!

The track was written with Nik Page, who played the role of Jean Valjean in the West End production of Les Misérables.

– Gypsy Pistoleros

The cover of the flamenco-influenced punk group Livin ‘La Vida Loca was backed by Jon Morter, who spearheaded the successful campaign that kept X Factor winner Joe McElderry from hitting a number one for Christmas.

Instead, Rage Against The Machine’s Killing In The Name took No. 1 in 2009.

Gypsy Pistoleros hopes this new campaign will allow them to achieve the same feat, with all proceeds going to Shelter, a housing and homeless charity.

-Olivia Dean

Rising star Olivia Dean enters the race with a cover of the festive standard The Christmas Song, made famous by Nat King Cole, recorded as part of an Amazon session.


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