Craig Revel Horwood says he wrote Christmas single to snub Mariah Carey

Craig Revel Horwood has revealed that the only reason behind writing his first ever single, and it's to snub the Christmas queen herself, Mariah Carey.

The Strictly judge has just released his festive single – called It's Christmas, Merry Christmas! – and he hopes to bag himself the mighty UK Christmas Number One this year.

Craig recorded the duet with his Strictly co-star Rietta Austin, one of the BBC show's live singers, and it seems he has his eyes firmly set on the top spot.

In fact, he told BBC viewers that the only reason he wrote the festive tune was to knock iconic pop star Mariah off of the charts.

Mariah, of course, is famed for her 1994 Christmas single, All I Want For Christmas Is You, and it has been dominating the airwaves for years.

The single topped the UK charts for the first time last year, and it spent a record 69 weeks in its top 40 prior to hitting the top spot.

Speaking on Thursday's One Show (December 2), Craig spoke about his new single, and his plans to snub Mariah with the song.

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