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Hospices choir in running to be the Christmas Number One

A choir made up of hospice patients, staff and volunteers from across London has emerged as an early leader in the race for the Christmas Number One.

The 300-strong London Hospices Choir is the frontrunner after 24 hours but faces stiff competition from X Factor winner Matt Terry and reigning chart-toppers Clean Bandit.

Rag 'N' Bone Man, who was named as the Critics' Choice award winner earlier this month, is also an early contender alongside a fan-led campaign to get Manchester band Inspiral Carpets' Saturn to number one following the death of drummer Craig Gill in November.

The London Hospices Choir, whose members range from ages 12 to 94, covered Mike & Mechanics' hit The Living Years and lead Rag 'N' Bone Man in second by just over 600 copies.

Just 3,000 sales separate the top 20, the Officials Chart Company said.

The initial results are based only on sales with streaming totals yet to be tallied.

Last week's results, announced on Friday, saw Terry and One Direction star Louis Tomlinson miss out on the top spot as Clean Bandit continued to reign supreme with their hit single Rockabye.

Terry, who was crowned the winner of the reality show on Sunday, debuted on the Official Singles Chart at number three with his Ed Sheeran-penned track, When Christmas Comes Around.

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