‘IDOL’ WORSHIP?

But The Darkness and Ozzy shouldn't give up hope just yet...

The latest odds for the Christmas Number One sees ‘POP IDOL’ moving away from the other releases, although Ozzy Osbourne’s odds continue to fall.

The Pop Idol 12’s cover of ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ now has odds of 1/3, while The Darkness are at 5/1 with ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells End)’. Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne’s odds of topping the tree over Christmas have been cut from 66/1 to 14/1.

The latest odds, according to Ladbrokes are: 1/3 – Pop Idol 12 – ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’

5/1 – The Darkness – ‘Christmas Time (Don’t Let the Bells

End)’

7/1 – Michael Andrews (featuring Gary Jules) – ‘Mad World’

14/1 – Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne – ‘Changes’

20/1 -Avid Merrion – ‘Proper Crim-bo!’/’Little Drummer Boy’

20/1 – UB40 – ‘Swing Low, Sweet Chariot’

33/1 – Erin Rocha – ‘Can’t Do Right For Doing Wrong’

33/1 – Bill Nighy – ‘Christmas is All Around’

33/1 – Sir Cliff Richard – ‘Santa’s List’

Retailers have a similar opinion to the bookies. A spokesperson for HMV said: “I initially thought the appeal of ‘Pop Idol’ might be on the wane and that a Christmas Number One was by no means certain, even if the bookies had made the finalists odds-on favourites. However, in recent weeks, and with the show reaching its climax, it’s become evident that there are still a huge amount of fans out there who are likely to buy the single. Even if just 5% of the viewers buy the CD, that’s enough for 500,000 sales and a guaranteed Number One.

The Darkness have their supporters too, and they have a classic-sounding Christmas track and brilliant promo video, which should see the band push ‘Pop Idol’ all the way. Their bid is further aided by the fact the song does not appear on the band’s ‘Permission to Land’ album, so if fans want it, they will have to buy the single.”