Bookies encourage Xmas number two betting
The bookmaker believes that the success of X Factor winners at Christmas is taking the fun out of the festive chart battle, so members of the public can now place bets on second place.
A William Hill spokesman explained: "The annual X Factor single has wiped out a national institution. There's little real competition for the top single on Christmas Day, so we've opened a book to open the race up again."
Classical boy band Blake are currently 3/1 favourites to reach number two with their cover of Bing Crosby's 'White Christmas'.