Ylvis outsiders to crash the Christmas no.1 party

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Just when you thought the race to reach this year’s coveted Christmas number one spot could not get any weirder, a pair of Norwegian television personalities dressed up as foxes have emerged as real contenders to reach the top of the festive charts.

We’ve already had entries from the ghost of Elvis alongside Susan Boyle, the collective of 90s pop stars that makes up the Big Reunion, an unsettling fusion of Lily Allen and Keane and Aussie rockers AC/DC, but this latest effort from Scandinavian duo Ylvis may take the biscuit.

Each artist will be vying to ensure the latest X Factor winner fails in their bid to maintain Simon Cowell’s grip on the festive singles chart, with competition favourite Sam Bailey on at 4/1, but it’s the Norwegians who boast arguably the most bizarre effort yet.

Entitled “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)”, the song was originally written for the brothers Vegard and Bård Ylvisåker’s late night chat show I Kveld Med Ylvis.

Featuring memorably daft lyrics such as “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!” and “Joff-tchoff-tchoff-tchoffo-tchoffo-tchoff!” the song has quickly developed a huge online fan base.

To date the YouTube video for the song, which was made by Jay-Z and Rihanna producers Stargate, has amassed a sensational 215 million hits, making it the biggest viral sensation since the heady days of Psy and Gangnam style.

Due to be released on December 10th, the duo are available at 16/1 to top the charts, with AC/DC the favourites to claim the December 25th number one with a Facebook-backed campaign pushing fans to purchase their 1982 hit “Highway to Hell” and leaving the Antipodean group at 9/4.

Susan Boyle and Elvis’ charity effort can be backed at 4/1 while Lily Allen’s latest track – made especially for the latest seasonal John Lewis advert – is priced at 7/1.

Elsewhere the Big Reunion can be found at 10/1 while One Direction are way back at 20/1 in the betting.

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