They’re more famous for appearing on the telly but this year Shane Richie and Nick Knowles are going head-to-head in the race for Christmas No 1.
Friend of the Big Issue and long-time EastEnder Shane has grabbed his Stetson and weighed into the world of country music with his record A Country Record while the face of DIY SOS and the Lottery Nick is hoping to win big with Every Kind of People.
The battle boiled over in the press last month when Shane slammed Nick, calling him a “chippie who sings” while insisting that he “does this for a living”.
The Albert Square veteran claimed it was “horrible to be tied in with Knowles and Jason Manford” – before branding the comments a “silly outburst” and apologising in a later interview.
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To help you pick which one should be ousting Slade as the soundtrack to your Christmas dinner, we have reviewed both albums in this week’s Big Issue.
So which one comes out on top?
A Country Soul
Who? National treasure provides the soundtrack for an (Albert) square dance
Stand out tracks: Wave on Wave, Love The One You’re With
One line review: Wild West via Walford
Odds of Xmas No 1: 33/1*
Every Kind of People
Who? DIY SOS and Lottery presenter proves he’s jack of all trades…
Stand out tracks: Make You Feel My Love, Here Comes the Sun
Odds of Xmas No 1: 50/1*
To see how the two fare when they go toe-to-toe with the other celebrity pretenders to the pop music throne – the likes of Sheridan Smith, Alexander Armstrong and Anton Du Beke – pick up this week’s Big Issue.
Light opera juggernauts ‘Mr and Mr Christmas’ Michael Ball and Alfie Boe – who had 2016’s biggest-selling album last festive season – also talk being Together Again this year while YouTube sensation dodie Clark, who can sing a bit too, tells-all in a frank and honest interview.
*Odds by William Hill