This year the countdown to the UK’s official 2018 Christmas Number One will be done on BBC Radio 1 this Friday, December 21st.
Potential contenders for the crown this year include Ava Max’s “Sweet But Psycho”, Mark Ronson ft Miley Cyrus with “Nothing Breaks Like A Heart”, Jess Glynne’s “Thursday”, and bizarre newcomer Ladbaby with the smash comedy hit “We Built This City on Sausage Rolls”. Current number one, however, is “thank u, next” by Ariana Grande which is also tipped with best chances of winning at 1/2 by bet365 and WilliamHill and 4/9 by BetFred and skybet.
Grande’s new hit about ex-relationships debuted at number one in November and has been in the charts for six weeks now with new-comer Ava Max maintaining a chart position for 8 weeks and currently holding second place for two consecutive weeks. Already at number 1 in both Sweden and Finland, Ava Max shows some real promise to take over from Ariande Grande. Both BetFred and skybet have Ava Max at 1/2 chance with bet365 and BoyleSports offering 13/8.
31-year old LadBaby, real name Mark Hoyle, has managed to amass one million Facebook followers and a number 1 spot on iTunes since the release of his comedy hit cover of the 80’s classic from Starship “We Built this City”. He’s in with 1/4 odds from Ladbrokes and WilliamHill and 1/6 odds from skybet, BetVictor and Unibet.
Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson have been given relatively strong odds from Unibet with 1/12 and slightly lower odds of 1/16 from bet365, WilliamHill and Betway
What would Christmas be without Mariah Carey’s “All I want for Christmas”? The overplayed hit is back in the charts again, as it is most years, but bookies are only giving it an average 1/18 chance of taking the top spot this year.
Although currently sitting at only 19th place in the UK Top 40, this years 2018 X-factor winner Dalton Harris and his hit “The Power of Love” has been given 1/25 odds by both Ladbrokes and William Hill.
Halsey’s “Without Me” is currently at third place in the UK Top 40 and has been in the charts 10 weeks but is not considered to be a strong contender for a Christmas number one. She only gets an average of 1/50 odds of making Christmas number one.
Other contenders include The Fire Tones’ remake of charity hit “Do They Know it’s Christmas” with an average of 1/33 odds and the kids of Flakefleet Primary School’s charity song “Light Up” with 1/25 odds.
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