Specials Betting By Rupert Adams

The Race to Christmas

The Band Aid single 'Do They Know It's Christmas?' is no longer the favourite to take the Christmas Number One position in the UK after being overtaken by the yet-to-be determined X Factor winner.

Bookmaker William Hill have pushed out the price of Band Aid 30 having the Christmas Number One to even money from a lowest price of 1/4 after a gamble on the forthcoming X Factor winner, which is the new favourite at 4/5.

"Sales of Band Aid 30 are slightly lower than expected and Christmas week is still a long way away," said William Hill spokesman Rupert Adams in a statement.

Other names on William Hill's shortlist include Tom Odell (who sings on this year's John Lewis Christmas advert), Lady Gaga, Pixie Lott and Jessie J.