Alexandra Burke - Hallelujah
THERE was a time when Christmas No 1 was a fiercely contested thing, when the nation's biggest artists would put out festive songs with military timing to maximise sales. Now, it's almost a given that the X Factor winner is No 1 come December 25 this year. It may be an odd choice of song, but this song by Alexandra has just become the fastest-selling download ever. If this isn't Christmas No 1, it'll be an absolute miracle.
Geraldine McQueen - Once Upon A Christmas Song Rating **
EVEN though Peter Kay's spoof is the biggest rival to Alexandra, it's still not got much of a chance of topping the charts before Christmas. The song itself is pretty horrid, but at least the proceeds go to the NSPCC.
Chris Difford And The Decorations - Let's Not Fight This Christmas Rating *
A FORMER Squeeze man, Strictly Come Dancing martyr John Sergeant and presenters of BBC One's The One Show singing a woeful, tuneless song. If you can think of a more unpalatable mix, you're doing better than us.
Status Quo - It's Christmastime Rating *
"IT'S Christmastime, it's Christmastime, stand up, stand up and raise glass of wine, and let yourself go, underneath the mistletoe." Christmas or not, there's no excuse for a rhyme as childlike as that. Wrinkly rockers Status Quo really should know better than this.
Terry Wogan and Aled Jones - Peace On Earth/Little Drummer Boy Rating **
LESS startling than the Bing Crosby and David Bowie duet that made this age-old carol a hit in 1982, Aled Jones and Sir Terry Wogan unite to record their own version.
Quite why is anyone's guess, but all proceeds go to Children In Need.
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