Cannonball hits Saw Docs' No 1 hope
The Saw Doctors have little chance of taking the Christmas No 1 title ahead of the winners of this year's 'X Factor'.
The chart won't be released until Friday -- but an industry source has revealed that girl group Little Mix are at least 12,000 singles ahead of their Galway rivals in the mid-week figures.
"The 'X Factor' winners have outsold The Saw Doctors five or six times over," an industry source said. "There is no chance they could come anywhere close to catching Little Mix."
However, it's not all bad news for Irish artists as the Little Mix song, 'Cannonball', was originally a hit for Kildare songwriter Damien Rice.
The Saw Doctors had seemed strong contenders for the top spot with their updated version of the 1960s hit 'Downtown', which features vocals from original singer Petula Clark, and was released last Friday.
But with the song available to be downloaded over the internet, just 2,000 copies went into the shops.
And industry insiders believe the lack of physical copies ended their hopes.
"That's against 10,000 copies of the Little Mix CD which were quickly sold to parents as stocking fillers," the source said.
"Physical copies are where the sales are at Christmas time and The Saw Doctors just didn't have the stock in the shops. Otherwise they could have been seriously in with a chance."
However, The Saw Doctors were refusing to concede defeat last night.
"We can still catch up if people go online and buy the downtown on iTunes or 7digital. It's 99c," guitarist Leo Moran said.
With the chart closing at 9pm tomorrow, the band will make a last ditch attempt to overtake their 'X Factor' rivals by performing their single on Today FM, and claim they will be celebrating their win at a New Year's Eve party in the INEC Killarney.
But while 'Cannonball' looks likely to triumph in Ireland, it is set to lose out to Gareth Malone's Military Wives Choir's track 'Wherever You Are' in the UK.
The song is a spin-off from the BBC television series 'The Choir: Military Wives' and is already the fastest-selling single of the year.