'Baby Shark' set to compete with Dalton Harris for the Christmas number one spot

Laura Hannam
Reporter
Could the X Factor winner lose out to the viral children’s song? (REX/ITV)

Dalton Harris may have just won this year’s X Factor but he could be beaten to the number one spot this Christmas. While there are many competitors, one is none other than the children’s viral hit ‘Baby Shark Dance’ which currently has over 2 billion hits on YouTube.

On the X Factor final, viewers were left astonished as the episode kicked off with a performance of the catchy shark themed song. And perhaps even more shocked when Cowell announced that the song was the first song released under his four-year-old son’s Eric Cowell’s label SyKids Records.

“This is Eric’s first release on SyKids records! The record is out now. He is now my boss!” Cowell explained.

And after the surprise performance, betting company William Hill has seriously increased the song’s odds of earning the coveted Christmas one spot. William Hill are currently offering odds of 16/1 on ‘Baby Shark’ being the 2018 Christmas number one – up from 33/1 after the X Factor performance and a firm contender ahead of the likes of Christmas anthem legends Wham! and The Pogues.

“Anyone who has kids knows that Pinkfong’s Baby Shark is a serious runner for the Christmas number one.” says Rupert Adams, spokesperson for William Hill.

“Endorsements from celebrities such as Radio One’s Nick Grimshaw, Olly Murs and Cheryl Cole in addition to the show-stopping opening of the X-Factor finale has meant the bets are pouring in for everyone’s favourite shark to reach No 1 this Christmas!” he added.

Baby Shark Dance has over 2 billion views on YouTube.

William Hill still places Dalton Harris ahead of Baby Shark Dance at 9/1. While Ariana Grande’s ‘Thank U, Next’ is placed as the most likely song to reach the spot at 5/4.

Traditionally, X Factor winners aim for the number one spot, which comes just weeks after their crowned victory.

However, the winners of recent years have struggled to nab the title. 2017’s winner Rak-Su and 2016’s winner Matt Terry did not reach number one at Christmas or in fact achieved a number one single in the mainstream charts as of yet.

X Factor ratings suffered significantly this year, with the lowest ratings recorded in the shows 15 year history. But Dalton Harris winning finale saw a uptake in views, beating 2017’s finale by 300,000 viewers. Despite the increase, this is still the second least watched finale in X Factor’s history.


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