Fearne Cotton hopes the ‘Top of The Pops’ Christmas special won’t be axed.

Fearne Cotton

Fearne Cotton

The 39-year-old TV presenter is praying the BBC will not cancel the annual festive episode amid the coronavirus pandemic, because it has become a “tradition” for families.

She told The Sun newspaper’s Bizarre TV column: “I have my fingers crossed that they will find some sort of socially distanced way to make it happen.

“It’s such a tradition now that you sit down to watch it as a family, and your parents complain how awful pop music is today and then you all go and have your lunch.”

Fearne took over the hosting duties on the music chart show in 2004 until it was axed in 2006, and she later returned with co-star Reggie Yates to present the Christmas and new year specials.

Reggie stepped down from the role in 2017 with radio presenter Clara Amfo taking his place.

Fearne is releasing her own album ‘Happy Place’ in a bid to land the number one spot on the music charts this festive season.

One of the tracks, ‘Lockdown Kittens Dancing’, features music by Amelia Warner and is co-written by Fearne and GABA, and Dame Helen Mirren reads a Fearne-penned poem on the song.

She said: “It’s going to be a weird Christmas so you might get some random song at number one or something reflective and melancholy.”

The album - which is on sale from October 30 - features various talents, including Emeli Sande, Sam Fender and Ludovico Einaudi, who share their own stories that focus around mental health and well-being.

Fearne explained: “Mental health and music have always been linked. It might not be immediately recognisable but music has the potency and power to help us work through difficult emotions, understand ourselves a little better and release unlocked feelings that have been suppressed. I have personally always used music to cathartically work through tough patches or to boost me when there is heaviness present."

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