IT’S THE GIRLS!

They follow in the footsteps of Robbie Williams, Bob The Builder and Mr Blobby...

GIRLS ALOUD, the manufactured pop group spawned from a television show are the Christmas Number One for 2002 with ‘SOUND OF THE UNDERGROUND’.

The girl group, who came together via the ITV talent show ‘Popstars: The Rivals’, have beaten an all-boy group from the same show. One True Voice’s ‘Sacred Trust’ / ‘After You’re Gone’ is the second highest new entry at Number Two.

A third ‘Popstars…’ related act, the Transylvanian twins the Cheeky Girls are this week’s Number Three with ‘Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)’.

Elsewhere in the chart, Avril Lavigne’s new single ‘Sk8er Boi’ is at Number Nine, and ‘Scorpio Rising’, the Liam Gallagher sung tune by Death In Vegas, which at one point was considered an outside bet to top the charts, is a new entry at Number 14.

This year’s UK Christmas singles chart runs:

1. Girls Aloud – ‘Sound Of The Underground’

2. One True Voice – ‘Sacred Trust’ / ‘After You’re Gone’

3. Cheeky Girls – ‘Cheeky Song (Touch My Bum)’

4. Blue – ‘Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word’

5. Eminem – ‘Lose Yourself’

6. Daniel Bedingfield – ‘If You’re Not The One’

7. Love Inc – ‘You’re A Superstar’

8. Las Ketchup – ‘The Ketchup Song (Asereje)’

9. Avril Lavigne – ‘Sk8er Boi’

10. Robbie Williams – ‘Feel’

As well as having a single in the Xmas Top Ten, Robbie Williams’ current album ‘Escapology’ remains at the top of the UK albums chart over the festive period.