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Friday, 18 August, 2000, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Posh race 'too close to call'
Dane Bowers and Victoria Beckham
Silent prayer: Posh Spice is desperate for a number one
The chart battle between Spice Girl Victoria Beckham and Spiller is entering the final straight, with almost nothing to choose between the two.

Posh Spice has been pulling out all the stops to try and get the single Out Of Your Mind - which also features Truesteppers and Dane Bowers - to number one.

So far, her huge promotional campaign appears to be working, with the song just holding off Spiller's Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) to top the midweek chart.

But despite all her efforts, there is still only a few hundred copies between the pair - a slender margin which could easily be turned over at the weekend.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor with Theaudience
Sophie Ellis-Bextor is not taking the chart fight so seriously

Simon Winter of the HMV retail chain admitted the race was too close to call.

"It's still neck and neck, with Truesteppers slightly ahead of Spiller.

"There's around 600 copies in it and both sold more than 100,000 in the first three days of release," he said.

But the weekend holds the key, with Saturday by far the busiest day for singles sales, even during the school holidays.

"You still find it is a traditional day for families to go out shopping together," Winter said.

"You also get a lot of people who go out pubbing or clubbing on Friday night, hear a song and want to go out and buy it."

Inconspicuous

Despite Beckham's current lead, Watkin said his money was still on Spiller to spoil her party.

"If I had to stick my neck out, I would have to plump for Spiller," he admitted.

"We have witnessed all-out campaigning from Victoria Beckham, while Spiller have been selling heavily off the back of a very inconspicuous campaign."

The Spice Girl's efforts so far have included taking husband David Beckham with her to London's Virgin Megastore and Woolworths in Oldham, as well as regular guest slots on television and radio shows.


I feel like saying if she wants it that badly, just have it - or let's just arm wrestle or flip a coin or something

Spiller vocalist Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Spiller vocalist Sophie Ellis-Bextor, by contrast, has been very low-key - almost avoiding publicity.

But she did attack her rival in one outburst, saying: "It doesn't say much for Girl Power if you phone up and stamp your foot to get what you want.

"I feel like saying if she wants it that badly, just have it - or let's just arm wrestle or flip a coin or something."

And in a cheeky sideswipe at Manchester United footballer David and the couple's son, Brooklyn, Ellis added: "I did consider saying my boyfriend plays for Manchester City and we've got a kid called Chiswick, but I thought better of it."

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