It was confirmed this week exclusively to Metro.co.uk that husband and wife duo Roxanne and Mark Hoyle would not be releasing a new jingle this festive season, after having claimed the UK Christmas number one for the past five years.
They declared they had ‘decided to pass the baton over to the Great British public,’ and it looks like Girls Aloud could be ready to pick up the coveted number one.
Fans of the iconic noughties girl band lost their minds when reports emerged this month that Nadine Coyle, Nicola Roberts, Kimberly Walsh and Cheryl were planning to reunite as a four-piece with new music in honour of their late bandmate Sarah Harding.
And while they haven’t confirmed anything just yet, the members are counting down with some seriously cryptic messages on social media.
Now bookies have revealed Girls Aloud are among the favourites to clinch the 2023 Christmas number one, with odds of 5/1.
Ladbrokes shared their findings, with spokesperson Alex Apati saying ‘the race for this year’s festive top spot is well and truly on, and with a huge Girls Aloud announcement imminent, we wouldn’t be surprised to see Cheryl and co top the charts once again in the next few weeks.’
He added: ‘With LadBaby pulling out for the first time in five years, and very little else on offer right now, punters are starting to back the classics, which has forced us to slash odds on Mariah Carey and Wham! this morning.’
Currently The Pogues are on top of predictions for the number one slot with odds of 11/10, while singer Shane MacGowan remains in hospital after being diagnosed with encephalitis.
The new odds come after LadBaby told Metro.co.uk: ‘After five amazing years we’ve decided to pass the baton over to the Great British public and we’re not going for Christmas number one this year.
‘‘We never expected it to be five, I’ll be totally honest. It’s one of those things that just happened over the years and we thought it was amazing that the public got behind us in the way that they did.
‘Five years ago when we started this, we knew the importance of food banks in this country and we wanted to raise funds and awareness for that so we did that one [song], that was lovely.’
Mark explained how he and Roxanne thought their ‘whirlwind ride’ as LadBaby would start and end with We Built This City on Sausage Rolls in 2018, but demand grew with each year – and in 2021 they teamed up with Sir Elton John and Ed Sheeran for number one track Sausage Rolls For Everyone.
And while Girls Aloud could potentially grab the title this year, Mark’s dream is to see ‘charity songs to dominate every Christmas.
‘We want all the top 20 to be charity songs for good causes, having fun, because that’s what Christmas is, it’s time for family and time for giving.’
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