Gemma Collins and LadBaby among musicians in the race to land Christmas No.1

The race to be Christmas No1 kicks off today, and Mariah Carey faces a tough challenge from the UK’s ultimate diva… The GC.

Gemma Collins and Darren Day’s festive cover of Baby, It’s Cold Outside is a contender in this year’s chart battle, with the winner due to be announced on Christmas Day.

Gemma is going head to head with Mariah’s festive classic All I Want For Christmas Is You, which went to No1 for the first time last week.

Gemma said: “Mariah needs to drop back so I can take my crowning glory at No1.If anyone’s going to out-diva Mariah, it’s me.” Gemma and Darren have recorded a “feminist” version of the hit, swapping the parts’ genders, so it’s Darren who asks: “What’s in this drink?”

Gemma, 39, aware of the controversy surrounding the lyric, says: “This song was just done purely in good faith.

“I thought, let’s mix it up a bit. I’ll do the man bit, and you do the woman bit.”

Gemma Collins wants to land a Christmas Number 1

Gemma said of collaborating with her pal and former CBB housemate Darren: “I know he was a love rat back in the day, but he has got an incredible voice.”

Gemma – who shouts “I’m claustrophobic, Boris!” at the end of her track, for “a bit of fun” – has funded the song herself to ensure that all its profits go to the charity Rethink Mental Illness.

Coral, who have dished out odds for all the festive contenders, have the track at 25/1 to reach the festive top spot.

But Mariah, 50, is still ahead at 6/1.

Robbie Williams approves of Gemma’s latest tune

Justin Bieber 2/1

Five years after Justin Bieber helped the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Choir get to Christmas No 1, the singer has teamed up with the choir to release a cover of his hit Holy.

The previous race was neck and neck until Justin urged fans to “do the right thing” and buy the NHS single A Bridge Over You instead of his hit, Love Yourself.

With profits going to NHS Charities together, they’re deemed to have a strong chance at 2/1.

James Haskell 20/1

James Haskell wants rugby union to show football who’s boss – by beating “crooner” Chris Kamara with his Rig Aid single.

“He’s the Michael Bublé of football”, laughs the former England international. Sky TV footie pundit Chris, 62, has a festive album out and new single, Happy New Year, while James and his pals – including actor Jeremy Irvine, 30, and ex-cricketer Darren Gough, 50, – are releasing It’s Christmas Time (It’s Time to Lash) today.

James, 35, says: “It might be quite nice if rugby wins something over football, for once.”

All proceeds from Rig Aid go to Restart Rugby.

James Haskell launched the Rig Aid single

Rick Astley 50/1

Rick Astley went all out for his video for Love This Christmas – and celebrated it by sending out promotional samples of his own Christmas-themed IPA beer.

Gotta love Rick.

LadBaby 4/5

Last year, he recorded his second consecutive sausage roll-themed Xmas No1 at Abbey Road.

This year, LadBaby rented a shed on wheels.

“The world’s fastest,” he boasts, adding that it was “light, nimble and surprisingly comfy” to ride. The shed was also convenient for social distancing.

The vlogger, real name Mark Hoyle, has set out to equal the Spice Girls’ record of three consecutive festive chart toppers with another pastry-based offering, Don’t Stop Me Eating – to the tune of Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing – and it will once again raise funds for The Trussell Trust which supports food banks.

Ladbaby are also in the race for this years Nhristmas Number 1

Liam Gallagher 20/1

It’s likely Liam Gallagher will take an early lead, as there has been huge demand for the limited edition vinyls of his single All You’re Dreaming Of.

If momentum continues, and with proceeds going to Action For Children, he could be in with a real shot.

Shakin Stevens 20/1

Wills and Kate personally requested Shakin’ Stevens to perform as they set off on their royal tour from London.

The trio then enjoyed a long chat – at a safe distance, of course. Shakey’s anthology is doing well in the album charts and, thanks to his regal fans, the odds on his hit single Merry Christmas Everyone are now at 20/1.

Ladbaby set out to equal the Spice Girls’ record of three consecutive festive chart toppers

Robbie Williams 20/1

There will be a friendly rivalry between Robbie Williams, 46, and his pal Darren Day, 52, as Robbie’s Can’t Stop Christmas, which he is releasing as part of a reissue of last year’s Christmas album, is also a contender.

Robbie has enlisted Slade’s Noddy Holder, 74, to join him on a podcast, and has attempted to cast him in a TV show he is working on, too.

“I’m imbued with the spirit of Christmas,” explains Rob.

Download Gemma Collins and Darren Day’s single Baby It’s Cold Outside here https://slinky.to/BabyItsColdOutside

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