Simon Cowell's thumbs up for Military Wives

Tuesday December 20, 2011

With bookmakers suspending betting on the Military Wives taking the Christmas number one, Simon Cowell has shown his support for their cause.

The X Factor supremo tweeted his congratulations to the choir and the winners of his show, Little Mix.

He said: "Congrats to Little Mix & congrats to Military Wives.

"It's a great cause & a worthy Christmas No.1".

Gareth Malone's choir, brought together on the BBC2 series, have released a single, Wherever You Are.

It's inspired by letters to and from their soldier husbands which will raise money for forces' charities.

Ladbrokes closed the book on them when they were 1/20 favourites ahead of current chart-toppers Little Mix at 8/1.

The ladies have been backed by figures such as Radio 2 presenter Chris Evans.

They also performed at this year's Festival of Remembrance at the Royal Albert Hall and at the Strictly Come Dancing semi-finals.

Photo: © Getty

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