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Top Of The Pops to return for Christmas again

By | Published on Thursday 3 December 2020

Fearne Cotton & Clara Amfo

Yeah, so, just in case you wondered, the BBC’s annual festive revival of the ‘Top Of The Pops’ brand continues, with special editions of the long-gone pop show set to be broadcast on Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.

This being 2020, social distancing rules will presumably be in force, meaning all viewers will have to be at least two metres away from their telly sets while viewing the programme.

Whether other 2020 trends will be acknowledged – maybe artists could be obliged to deliver 60 second TikTok style performances to ensure young viewers don’t get bored – is not clear. Though with only eight performances confirmed for Christmas Day, and seven for New Year’s Eve, that would require a lot of padding from hosts Clara Amfo and Fearne Cotton. So presumably not.

Says Amfo: “I’m delighted to be part of ‘Top Of The Pops’ this year. As we know, 2020 has been a challenge and as always music is a constant balm for us! I’m really looking forward to celebrating the artists with Fearne and everyone watching at home”.

But what three minute performances will be boring to death any young people who accidentally tune in to these ‘TOTP’ specials?

Well, AJ Tracey + Aitch, Becky Hill, Celeste, Clean Bandit + Mabel, Ella Henderson, Jamie Cullum, Joel Corry + MNEK, and KSI feat Craig David + Digital Farm Animals on Christmas Day, and Alfie Templeman, Arlo Parks, Becky Hill, Nathan Dawe feat KSI + Ella Henderson, Sigala + James Arthur, Wes Nelson feat Hardy Caprio, and Yungblud on New Year’s Eve.