The Darkness forge ahead in Xmas no 1 race

The Darkness are still just ahead of Gary Jules in the race for the coveted UK Christmas number one.

The Darkness are still just ahead of Gary Jules in the race for the coveted UK Christmas number one.

Their single Christmas Time (Don’t Let The Bells End) will have shifted close to 100,000 copies by the end of the day, according to sales figures.

Gary Jules is a few thousand copies behind with his cover of the Tears For Fears track Mad World.

The Pop Idol 12 are languishing in fifth place behind Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne and Avid Merrion.

Ladbrokes has closed the book on the Christmas number one and a spokesman said The Darkness were likely to do it.

Bookmakers face a huge payout if Gary Jules makes the top spot.

“It would be a disaster for bookmakers if Gary Jules gets to number one.

He was 50/1 back in November and 2/1 now. This is the biggest gamble on a Christmas number one contender we’ve ever seen,” spokesman Warren Lush said.

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