THE race for the 2017 Christmas Number One is well underway with several artists scrapping for festive glory.
Will it be an old favourite, a dead icon or a surprising newcomer that grabs the top spot? Here’s the low-down on all the contenders…
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Who could bag the UK Christmas Number One 2017?
Last year the artist that grabbed a tasty Christmas Number One was Clean Bandit.
Their dance track Rockabye was reigning at the top of the chart for six weeks before taking the title in it seventh.
It beat Rag ‘N’ Bone Man’s soulful track Human and Louis Tomlinson’s Just Hold On, another dance hit.
Does that mean the public has an appetite for dance at Christmas? And who is tipped to take the title in 2017? Here are the artists and the odds on Paddy Power…
Ed Sheeran (ft. Beyonce) (4/9)
He may have sold gazillions of records but Ed has never bagged Christmas Number One. Is it now his time to claim glory with Perfect?
Wham!/George Michael (9/2)
Following the death of George Michael on Christmas Day last year it’s expected that Last Christmas will rocket up the charts in the next week or so.
X Factor winner (5/1)
Whoever manages to win The X Factor usually has a sturdy chance of bagging a Number One at Christmas but the last time this happened was 2014.
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Mariah Carey (7/1)
All I Want For Christmas Is You is an irresistible festive tune but it has also never taken Number One – so Mariah better put her skates on and sell some records.
Choirs With Purpose (10/1)
Pop Idol winner Michelle McManus is leading a UK-wide collaboration choir, featuring a huge 1,400 voices.
They’re doing a modern version of Sir Paul McCartney’s We All Stand Together to raise money for 11 charities. It’s out on November 24, but can be pre-ordered now.
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Eminem’s collaboration with Beyonce, Walk On Water, is languishing in the 30s, but can Marshall Mathers take the top spot in time for Christmas?
Rita Ora (20/1)
Anywhere is currently in the third spot, and bookies think Rita could be an outside shot to surge to number one.
James Arthur (20/1)
Could this X Factor winner’s new single Naked get him to the top spot on December 25?
The rapper’s barn-Stormzing performance on The X Factor has got people thinking he may just clinch the Number One if he plays his cards right.
Ariana Grande (20/1)
With her track Santa Tell Me in the 60th spot, Ariana doesn’t seem to be a likely contender just yet.
After her mammoth tour around the world, Cockney warbler Adele might just have a festive anthem up her sleeve.
The John Lewis Christmas advert features Elbow’s cover of the Beatles track Golden Slumbers.
Moz The Monster has already racked up millions of views on YouTube, as well as featuring on prime time TV, meaning this song could be heading for Christmas number one.
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Taylor Swift (25/1)
Tay Tay’s back and bigger than ever with her new music and edgy image. Will her fans rally round and put her on the Christmas throne?
Camilla Cabello (33/1)
After a dramatic split from Fifth Harmony this time last year, this Latino singer is determined to be a success as a soloist.
John Lewis 2017 Christmas advert follows a seven-year-old boy scared of a monster snoozing under his bed — but eventually bond and become friends over a fart
Little Mix (33/1)
Former X Factor champs Little Mix didn’t win a Christmas Number One after their victory on the show but the odds on them winning this year are strong.
Justin Bieber (33/1)
Bieber came very close to getting Number One in 2015, and stepped aside so a charity single could win instead. He may not be so generous this time…
David Bowie (40/1)
The late David Bowie is still in our hearts, so could his tune with Bing Crosby, The Little Drummer Boy, take Number One?
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Sam Smith (40/1)
The second studio album from Sam Smith has just popped out, so can this soulful vocalist ride on the hype – all the way to Crimbo numero uno?
Her image isn’t exactly festive but Bajan hitmaker Rihanna may well light up the Christmas dancefloor in 2017 if she drops a banger.
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