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27 November 2012, 11:37 | Updated: 27 November 2012, 13:52
After securing the coveted Christmas No. 1 title last year, the record-breaking Military Wives Choir may scoop the coveted top spot for a second year in a row.
The countdown is on for this year's official Christmas No. 1 single, as the chart is announced in a mere 26 days. The chart-topping Military Wives Choir may be in with a shot at the top spot with not one, but two of their releases.
Their most recent offering, Stronger Together, from the album of the same name, was released earlier this month and is expected to sell well in the run up to 25 December, but it's last year's Christmas No. 1 that has made an unexpected appearance in the chart. Wherever You Are, recorded this time last year, is currently at No. 2 in the Classical singles chart, behind Pavarotti's recording of 'Nessun dorma' from Puccini's opera, Turandot.
Wherever You Are composer Paul Mealor said he couldn't quite believe the single's success: "People from all over the country have really taken this song to their hearts with singers and choirs performing it in churches and at concerts. It's pretty unbelievable actually. It's also raised a huge amount of money for two very brilliant charities, and that's something I'm very proud of. If the song did a double Christmas No. 1, never done before, it would be truly amazing!"
In collaboration with Gareth Malone, Paul Mealor, and Gary Barlow, the Military Wives have had a highly successful year, with their first single winning at both the Classical BRIT Awards and the BRIT Awards, as well as raising more than £500,000 for military charities. Their second album, Stronger Together, was released on 2 November and is currently at No. 17 in the Offical UK Charts, charting above the likes of Ed Sheeran, Rita Ora, and Pink.