Allen's cover of 'Somewhere Only We Know' features on this year's John Lewis Christmas TV advert
Bookmakers William Hill have dramatically reduced the odds of Lily Allen scoring this year’s Christmas Number One after the John Lewis festive TV advert was unveiled yesterday (November 8).
The animated advert is soundtracked by Allen covering Keane‘s ‘Somewhere Only We Know’ – watch it below. The Keane cover is Allen’s first slice of new material since she released her second album ‘It’s Not Me, It’s You’ in 2009.
Odds on Allen’s Keane cover topping the UK’s Official Singles Chart over Christmas have now been slashed by William Hill from 16/1 to 7/1. A spokesperson explained: “John Lewis’s Christmas adverts are becoming just as much a festive tradition as turkey and trimmings and there is a good chance that once people get into the spirit, the single will be flying off the shelves.”
However, Allen remains a less fancied Christmas chart-topper than this year’s X-Factor winner (11/10 favourite), Susan Boyle’s duet with Elvis Presley on ‘O Come All Ye Faithful’ (7/2), and a cover of Wizzard’s ‘I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday’ by the stars of ITV2’s pop comeback reality series The Big Reunion (5/1).
The Keane cover precedes the release of a new album from Allen in 2014. Earlier this year the singer revealed that her new album has some “feminist vibes coming on”. Speaking in September, Allen discussed the progress of the album and offered some clues as to Awhat fans can expect. “It’s not an earnest ‘I’m a mum’ kind of record,” she said. “It’s empowering. There’s some feminist vibes going on. It’s the same old me with a bit of swearing going on. Good choruses, key changes here and there – that’s it!”