FRANZ PIPPED BY ‘POP IDOL’ MICHELLE

But she's pushed all the way by Franz Ferdinand...

Heavyweight ‘Pop Idol’ winner Michelle McManus remains top of the UK single chart today (January 18), despite strong charges by Kelis and NME favourites Franz Ferdinand.

Kelis’s ‘Milkshake’ climbs from three to two, while Scottish four-piece Franz Ferdinand debut at number three with ‘Take Me Out’. There is little other movement on the top 10.

Beyonce enters the chart at a disappointing 11 with ‘Me, Myself And I’, two ahead of Liberty X at 13 with ‘Everybody Cries’. The only other new entry on the top 20 comes from Him at 15 with the snappy ‘The Funeral Of Hearts’.

Amy Studt misses the top 20, taking a bow at 21 with ‘All I Wanna Do’, one ahead of Stacy Orrico at 22 with ‘I Promise’. Retro nutsos Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster score another top 30 hit entering at 25 with ‘Mister Mental’.

There are no other new entries on the rest of the 40.

Dido remains top of the album chart, just ahead of Brit nominee Will Young and the Black Eyed Peas. The only new entry on the top 10 comes ‘Tears For Fears’. Making the most of interest brought on by Gary Jules who covered their ‘Mad World’ and took it to Christmas number one, the band re-released Greatest Hits collection ‘Tears Roll Down – Greatest Hits, 82-92’ enters at six.