Music experts are touting rockers The Darkness for the Christmas number one
spot in Britain - because their song features a festive theme and "a choir of
Specialists at chart chronicle BRITISH HIT SINGLES predict this year's
(03) battle for the top spot will be a straight fight between The Darkness'
tune CHRISTMAS TIME (DON'T LET THE BELLS END) and singers from talent show POP
IDOL, who are
covering John Lennon's legendary anthem HAPPY XMAS (WAR IS OVER).
British Hit Singles editor DAVID ROBERTS says, "If our research is
correct, the Christmas Number one will be one of two possibilities. The Pop
Idol 12's version of Happy Xmas (War Is Over), which satisfies many winning
criteria - ballad, cover
version and Christmas content - could be unbeatable.
"However, our money would be on The Darkness's Christmas Time (Don't Let
The Bells End), because it's almost a ballad, refers to Xmas a lot, could
almost be a novelty record and - crucially - features a choir of children. Oh,
and it rocks."