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Thursday 22 February 2018

Ellie tipped for Christmas No 1

Ellie Goulding has been tipped for Christmas number one
Ellie Goulding has been tipped for Christmas number one

Ellie Goulding's cover of Elton John's 1970 single Your Song has been tipped as a contender for the Christmas number one after John Lewis selected it as the soundtrack to their new ad campaign.

Bookmaker William Hill has placed odds at 10/1 on the song taking the top spot in the pop charts ahead of the ad's first TV screening on Saturday night.

The 60-second ad shows various scenes of gift-giving including a child hanging a Christmas stocking on the family dog's kennel and a car mechanic wrapping a polka-dot teapot.

It follows a recent campaign featuring a version of Billy Joel's Always A Woman performed by Fyfe Dangerfield from the Guillemots and last year's Christmas ad accompanied by a cover of the Guns N' Roses single Sweet Child O' Mine by folk group Taken By Trees.

John Lewis managing director Andy Street said: "I am really pleased, but not at all surprised, that William Hill has announced these odds. There will be huge competition for the chart-topping song this Christmas, and I believe Ellie Goulding's version of Your Song, which complements our Christmas advert so perfectly, will be a strong contender."

William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams said: "We absolutely love the new Christmas advert from John Lewis and would put odds of 10-1 on the soundtrack becoming the Christmas number one.

"In fact, if it wasn't for X Factor we would probably put it down as our favourite."

The ad will first screen in a commercial break during ITV1's The X Factor on Saturday night.

Ellie's version of Your Song is available on iTunes.

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