|Following news of the possible plans to release a re-recorded version of the Band Aid song, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”, William Hill have announced that they will not be offering odds on the Christmas number one single in the UK. Predicting the Christmas number one single is a popular pastime in the UK, with planning for the artists, and talk of the possible competition amongst the press and the public starting months before the big day.|
So far hit acts like Travis, The Darkness, Coldplay and Jamelia are believed to be committed to contributing to the single. William Hill will not be taking bets on the outcome of the Christmas race as they believe a Band Aid revival would be a certain number one. Spokesperson for the company Rupert Adams said of the decision: “The Christmas number one is a very popular bet with our customers. If released, Band Aid is a virtual certainty to take the number one spot. Were we to include Band Aid in the betting, it would be a red-hot favourite and would decimate the market. If, as expected, Band Aid goes to number one we will for the first time be paying out on the Christmas number two.”
It is thought that Sir Bob Geldolf and Midge Ure, the writers of the original song are looking to have the song re-recorded and re-released twenty years after the first outing. As before the proceeds would be going to Africa. In 1984 the money raised went to Ethiopia and Sudan, and the single became the biggest selling UK single until it was usurped by another charity single, Elton John’s tribute record to Princess Diana, “Candle in the Wind”. With such an impetus behind it, it may be that the British public will miss the chance to indulge in one of its favourite hobbies and bet on the Christmas contest, as the Band Aid record is believed to be too strong for any other contenders.