Last-Minute Change for UK Christmas No.1 Single BetsPublished December 18, 2012 by OCR Editor
Can a last-minute charity release knock James Arthur off his No.1 spot on the singles chart?
Nothing like an unexpected turn of events to keep the bookies busy. Yesterday, The Justice Collective released their bid for UK Christmas Number One 2012, 'He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother', setting X-Factor winner James Arthur's stride for the No.1 spot a-wobble. The music journos and bookies alike are now hedging their bets on the charity single with odds of 4/11 [at the time this article was written. X Factor's James Arthur comes second at 2/1 with his single 'Impossible'.
What is the predicted UK Christmas No. 1 Single?
In the true spirit of Christmas, this is a charity single raising money to cover the legal costs of the families of the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster. It's a remake of The Hollies original, led by Liverpudlian Sir Paul McCartney. Joining him in The Justice Collective are stars Robbie Williams, Mel C, Paloma Faith, Shane Macgowan and Gerry Marsden. It's a fundraiser for the families of the 96 people killed in the football disaster in Hillsborough and the legal costs amassed over their 23 year legal battle.
A touching story about how producer Guy Chambers chose the song to cover. Five days after the disaster in 1989, at an Everton Football Match, The Hollies' 'He Aint Heavy, He's My Brother' was played before kick-off, in memory of the football fans who passed away.
Who else is in the running for UK Xmas No.1 Single?
Following The Justice Collective and James Arthur's debut single 'Impossible'. comes Alistair Griffith's Olympic Christmas bid and an entry by Military Wives from the TV series The Choir.
You can place your sports bet on the UK's Christmas No.1 Single at William Hill.