Darren Milby column: Let the Boyles ring out for Christmas

Singer Susan Boyle performs at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 13, 2012. Hundreds of horses and performers from across the world came together tonight to celebrate the 250 State and Commonwealth visits the Queen has made during her reign.
Singer Susan Boyle performs at the Diamond Jubilee Pageant at Windsor Castle, Berkshire. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Sunday May 13, 2012. Hundreds of horses and performers from across the world came together tonight to celebrate the 250 State and Commonwealth visits the Queen has made during her reign.
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Every year in this column we take a look at the serious (and not so serious) contenders for Christmas number one.

I’m not sure I’m fully submerged in tinsel and festive cheer as yet. I’ve only bought a few Christmas presents so far and my plastic tree is still in the cupboard under the stairs and I’ve no idea what I’ve done with the baubles and lights.

Maybe I’m in need of some festive tunes to get me in the mood.

Usually it’s all about who gets to number two in the Christmas chart as The X Factor takes number one, although for the past couple of years Cowell’s lot haven’t entered the race.

This year they’ve decided to have a stab and are at the time of writing bookies’ favourite.

I am writing this well before The X Factor final but if there is any justice the winner this year will

be Sam Bailey. I hope they give her a good song. But we all know it will be a cover version of a big ballad.

SuBo is back and this time she is pulling out the big guns in her effort for the top spot. Boyle is dueting with Elvis Presley. Now I know what you are thinking – The King is long dead. But apparently not.

Turns out he’s been working at the pizza counter at the local supermarket – who knew! Susan has talked him out of retirement and their duet of the traditional O’Come All Ye Faithful will go head to head with Sam Bailey or whoever else wins The X Factor.

For years it’s seemed like Christmas songs were out of vogue. Well like flared trousers and shoulder pads they have managed to come back in fashion again. If listening to a choir boy tackling seasonal favourites is your idea of entertainment you are in luck.

Eleven year old Jack Topping with his flawless falsetto is a contender. Leona Lewis has released a Christmas album with some original material on. The single is actually quite good. It’s upbeat and one of the best new Christmas songs I’ve heard for a while.

The bands that took part in ITV 2’s Big Reunion have recorded a charity version of the Wizzard song – ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Every Day’. That’s Blue, Liberty X, 911, Atomic Kitten, Honeyz, Bewitched and 5ive. They stand a good chance of doing well I just think with all those pop stars together could they not have come up with an original song?

Every year there seems to be a Facebook campaign to get a maverick Christmas number one. This year AC/DC’s ‘Highway to Hell’ is the song.

The bookies are actually classing it as second favourite!