Christmas No1 odds revealed after LadBaby dropped out of 2023 race and Fairytale of New York surges

THIS year’s Christmas number one odds have been revealed.

After the news of Shane MacGowan‘s death earlier today, it is believed that The Pogues’ song Fairytail of New York could be in the run for the top spot.

The Pogues' Fairytail of New York could get to Christmas number one this year

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The Pogues’ Fairytail of New York could get to Christmas number one this yearCredit: Rex
Frontman Shane died peacefully in his sleep this morning

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Frontman Shane died peacefully in his sleep this morningCredit: Social Media Collect
LadyBaby aren't in for the run for number one

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LadyBaby aren’t in for the run for number oneCredit: PA

The band released the iconic tune back in 1988 and hit number two in the charts.

Now, according to bookmaker Coral, they think that the band has a good chance of getting number one.

Coral’s John Hill said: “Punters think there is going to be a wave of support behind The Pogues landing the Christmas number one single this year following the sad passing of Shane MacGowan.

“We make Fairytale of New York odds-on to top the official singles charts on Christmas Day, 36 years after it was released.”

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It comes after Roxanne and Mark Hoyle AKA LadBaby revealed that they aren’t running for number one this year.

The husband wife duo have been the top spot between 2018 and 2022.

Earlier today it was revealed that Shane MacGowan had died at the age of 65 after an eight-year health battle.

The Fairytale of New York singer, who had been diagnosed with viral encephalitis – a serious condition which leads to brain swelling – passed away at 3am this morning.

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Piers Morgan has started a campaign to get Fairytale of New York to number one after his death.

Paying tribute today, Piers wrote: “RIP Shane MacGowan, 65.

“Irish punk legend, genius Pogues singer/songwriter, and hell-raiser extraordinaire.

“His favourite joke was: ‘I was given six weeks to live, about 25 years ago!’

“Let’s make Fairytale of New York the Christmas No1 as a tribute. (He was born on Xmas Day).”

Number one odds

1-4 The Pogues,

5-1 Wham!

6-1 Girls Aloud

10-1 Adele

10-1 Ed Sheeran

10-1 Mariah Carey

12-1 Andrea Bocelli

12-1 JKVE

12-1 Taylor Swift

12-1 Sidemen

12-1 Sam Ryder

16-1 The Beatles