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Crosby challenges X Factor winner


Bing Crosby could be this year's Christmas number one

Bing Crosby could be this year's Christmas number one

Bing Crosby could be this year's Christmas number one

Crooner Bing Crosby is going to challenge the X Factor for the Christmas number one spot, as he bids for his first ever chart-topper.

Despite selling millions, the late singing star - who died 33 years ago - has never scored a number one single.

But studio wizardry means he is to duet with opera star Bryn Terfel on a new version of his timeless classic White Christmas.

The track's original release in 1942 predated the UK singles chart by a decade.

Bookmaker William Hill is now giving the track odds of 6-1 to become the Christmas number one - better than the price for an actual white Christmas, which is 8-1.

Last year saw a concerted effort to keep the X Factor winner from the number one spot, with a huge chart battle which resulted in Rage Against The Machine depriving Joe McElderry of the coveted seasonal prime spot.

This year's runners and riders include the infamous noiseless composition, 4'33" by John Cage, as a silent anti-X Factor stunt. Terfel has recorded the track for his new album Carols And Christmas Songs, which is to be released in December.

White Christmas is judged to be the biggest selling single of all time with sales of more than 50 million, although no exact figures exist.

The song, written by Irving Berlin, featured in the film Holiday Inn with that recording also featuring the voice of Martha Mears - rather than actress Marjorie Reynolds who appeared to sing it on screen.

Terfel said: "It's such an honour not only to be sharing a track with one of the best loved singers in the world, but to be singing one of the best songs ever written. I hope everyone will enjoy it."

PA Media