X Factor overtakes Band Aid as favourite for Christmas Number One

Charity single's odds slashed to even money

The Band Aid single ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’ is no longer the favourite to take the Christmas Number One position in the UK after being overtaken by the yet-to-be determined X Factor winner.

Bookmaker William Hill have pushed out the price of Band Aid 30 having the Christmas Number One to even money from a lowest price of 1/4 after a gamble on the forthcoming X Factor winner, which is the new favourite at 4/5.

“Sales of Band Aid 30 are slightly lower than expected and Christmas week is still a long way away,” said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams in a statement.

The charity track ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’, which features Chris Martin, Ed Sheeran, One Direction and Bono, was released on the 30th anniversary of the original Band Aid single to raise money to help combat the spread of Ebola.

But the song has been the subject of controversy after various artists and members of the public criticised its ‘patronising’ lyrics.

Other names on William Hill’s shortlist include Tom Odell (who sings on this year’s John Lewis Christmas advert), Lady Gaga, Pixie Lott and Jessie J.

2014 Christmas Number One odds:

2014 Winning X Factor Act (4/5)
Band Aid (Evens)
Peace Collective (10/1)
Gregory Porter & Julie London (16/1)
Lady Gaga & Tony Bennett (20/1)
Pixie Lott (20/1)
Tom Odell (20/1)
Jessie J (25/1)
One For The Boys (25/1)
Cheryl (33/1)
Ed Sheeran (40/1)
Iron Maiden (50/1)
Sol3Mio (50/1)
Sir Cliff Richard (100/1)
Judith Owen & Harry Shearer (100/1)