Happy Xmas (War Is Over) Re-released December 8, 2003

John Lennon could deny this year's Pop Idol finalists a Christmas chart-topper. His peace anthem Happy Xmas (War Is Over) is to be re-released on December 8 - the 23rd anniversary of his assassination. It's also a week before the Pop Idol hopefuls release their version, says The Sun. The wannabes are said to be favourites for the No1 spot and experts say the re-release got the go-ahead after news of the cover caused public outrage. Happy Xmas (War Is Over) was originally a hit for John and Yoko and the Plastic Ono Band in 1972, reaching number two.