EastEnders' John Altman to rival X Factor winner for Christmas No. 1

Published Tuesday, Nov 25 2014, 11:41 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
EastEnders star John Altman is set to rival this year's X Factor winner for the coveted Christmas Number One spot.

John, who plays villain 'Nasty' Nick Cotton in the BBC One soap, is swapping the screen for the stage this Christmas.

EastEnders actor John Altman teams up with JOANovARC to cover 'Real Wild Child (Wild One)' by Iggy Pop.

© YouTube / Johnny Altman/JoanOvArc

The 62-year-old actor has teamed up with female rock band JOANovARC to cover 'Real Wild Child (Wild One)' by Iggy Pop.

John is hoping the single will chart well - and in particular, he's hoping to beat the winner of the popular ITV talent show.

Speaking to The Sun, he said: "We're going all out to beat the X Factor winner because we've got a good song."

EastEnders - John Altman as 'Nasty' Nick Cotton - October 2014.

© BBC/Kieron McCarron

John as his EastEnders character 'Nasty Nick'.

Simon Cowell's X Factor winner always faces competition from a few contenders each year, but we bet they didn't think a soap star would be in the running!

Also battling it out for the Christmas top spot is Band Aid 30, Samuel L Jackson's charity single and Tom Odell's cover of 'Real Love' for the John Lewis Christmas advert.

In recent years, Justice Collective, the Military Wives and Rage Against the Machine have all beat Simon Cowell's X Factor hopefuls to the top spot.

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Watch John and JOANovARC's video below: