Top of the Pops tradition goes on
Top of the Pops may have spun its last weekly disco ball in 2006, but the show has continued its Christmas and New Year specials over the last few years. Hosted by Fearne Cotton and Reggie Yeats, this year’s Christmas Day show will be broadcast on BBC1 at 2pm, and will feature performances by Lily Allen, La Roux, Dizzee Rascal, Alexandra Burke, Kasabian, Muse, Florence and the Machine, the new look Sugababes, and Diversity, the dance troupe that beat Susan Boyle to the Britain’s Got Talent crown. The act that nabs the Christmas Number One spot (producers will surely have to Factor them in somehow ...) will get the programme’s prime slot.
The New Year’s Eve show will be broadcast at 6.30pm, and will feature a look back at 2009. Performers will include Robbie Williams, N-Dubz, Shakira, Tinchy Stryder and Calvin Harris.
Top of the Pops originally ran on a weekly basis from 1964 onwards, but was culled in 2006, although there have been several revivals for Comic Relief since.
Neil Tennant of Pet Shop Boys criticised the BBC earlier this year for ending the show, calling their decision “defeatist”.