With December starting this week, the race to Christmas No 1 is already beginning to hot up. Ed Sheeran and Sir Elton John are teaming up this year for their very own festive single, simply called Merry Christmas. The 74-year-old tweeted today: “Just under a year ago, I called Ed Sheeran to see if he wanted to make a Christmas single with me and now it’s nearly here!”
Elton continued: “Merry Christmas will be out Fri 3 Dec with all proceeds from this year’s Christmas period going to the Ed Sheeran Suffolk Music Foundation and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.”
Both singers then shared a teaser video on social media which saw Ed recreating Andrew Lincoln’s scene in Love Actually.
The famous movie moment from Richard Curtis’ rom-com saw The Walking Dead star’s character Mark knocking on the door of Keira Knightley’s Juliet, his best mate’s wife who he’s madly in love with.
He then shows her large cue cards expressing a written message of his unconditional love for her.
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In Elton and Ed’s version, the latter knocks on the Rocketman singer’s door with the same cards too.
But his message reads: “Hello, last Christmas I received a call from my mate Elton John.
“And he told me we should do a Christmas song and I replied, ‘Yeah, maybe in 2022’.
“But I actually wrote the chorus that day and here we are. Our Christmas song, Merry Christmas is out this Friday. Go pre-order or pre-save it now. It has sleigh bells. A lot of them…”
The previous three winning songs by LadBaby were We Built This City (On Sausage Rolls), I Love Sausage Rolls and Don’t Stop Me Eatin’.
Speaking with Express.co.uk last year, we asked Mark if he’d try for another Christmas No 1, to which he said: “Erm, I don’t know! I honestly don’t know, I guess we always look at one Christmas at a time.
“It’s one of those things. It’s got to be about if we feel that we can do it justice for the charity.
“At the minute we’re saying this is the last one, but who knows what happens over the years to come.”