Bets are on for Christmas number 1, X Factor, Adele, Ed Sheeran and Star Wars

Posted on 4 December 2015
By Lucy Nowak
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The race has begun to be this year’s official Christmas Number 1 song with the X Factor, Adele, Cilla Black, Ed Sheeran and maybe even Luke Skywalker and his Jedi friends entering the battle for yuletide pop supremacy.

We all know that every year, successful or not, Simon Cowell does his best to dominate the Christmas charts with his latest X Factor winner, but only time will tell whether the music mogul will be defeated again.

Causing some controversy, Cowell has chosen Bob Dylan’s Forever Young as the winning song and with the X Factor final falling on Sunday 13th December there is still time for the other contenders to challenge Cowell’s winning singer.

This was famously done in 2009 when Rage Against The Machine’s Killing in the Name Of beat winner Joe McElderry to the top after an online campaign where haters of the Britain’s Got Talent judge, united to thwart his ongoing quest for pop dominance.

Nevertheless, X Factor is still the favourite with bookmakers for the Christmas number 1 at 2/5 odds, as it has been every year since the show began.

John Lewis’ Christmas advert theme song ‘Half the World Away’, an Oasis classic as covered by Norweigan singer Aurora, is also in the running with 5/1.

After pulling on the heart strings of the UK with their emotional lonely Man on the Moon themed advert, they are reminding the public to ‘Show Someone They’re Loved This Christmas’.

William Hill’s Joe Crilly said: “The festive TV adverts have started and while the weather outside is anything but frightful at the moment – now is the time to start thinking of Christmas gifts.”

According to William Hill, Adele who made her long awaited comeback this year is the main challenger to X Factor at 5-1 with iconic Scouser Cilla Black on 8-1 and Ed Sheeran a 33-1 outsider.

The release of the new Star Wars VII: The Force Awakens is also set to give Cowell a run for his money with yet again another online campaign against the X Factor gaining over 420,000 likes on Facebook.

Set to be the biggest film release of the year, with the X Factor slowly losing ratings as this series goes along, Star Wars’ famous theme tune is what we could be listening to whilst eating our Christmas dinners this year.

So no matter who becomes our Official Christmas Number 1, it is sure to be stuck in our heads until at least the New Year when new music is set to be released by David Bowie, Elton John and Bon Jovi, and even more singles from Adele and Justin Bieber’s already huge albums.