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  The Darkness 'to get Xmas No.1'
Updated 17 November 2003, 09.11
The Darkness
Chart specialists have predicted that The Darkness will get the Christmas number one spot.

They think ballads, songs which mention Christmas, cover versions, and funny records do best in the festive season.

Pop experts at British Hit Singles say Christmas Time (Don't Let the Bells End) and Pop Idol's Happy Xmas (War Is Over) have all these ingredients.

Editor David Roberts said: "Our money would be on the Darkness's Christmas Time because it rocks!"

Bill Nighy
Cheer up Bill Nighy- you could get number one!

He also hinted that songs by Noddy, ageing singers Cliff Richard and Bill Nighy and comedian Avid Merrion would do well.

Cover versions of older songs are being put out by Blue and Atomic Kitten

Bookies put the Pop Idol crew as favourites, followed by Bill Nighy then The Darkness.

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