Top of the Pops tra­di­tion goes on

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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”.

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