X Factor duet video goes viral

Adam Greenwood tries to get Paul Akister to sing with him.
Adam Greenwood tries to get Paul Akister to sing with him.

Do you think The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl had the best Christmas collaboration of all-time?

Well think again, because Fairytale of New York now has competition from Lancaster X Factor star Paul Akister and a young lad who bumped into him on the street.

A funny video of 16-year-old Adam Greenwood’s Christmas ‘duet’ with the singer has become an internet sensation with more than a quarter of a million views.

Adam, who works at Costa Coffee in Morecambe, said: “Me and Paul should enter The X Factor next year...with a bit of remixing I think our song could win it!”

The cheeky teenager stopped the X Factor soul man on Market Street in Lancaster city centre just before Christmas.

He asked Paul to sing a song with him, then filmed what happened next on his phone.

Adam, wearing a Christmas jumper, launched into an off-key rendition of ‘All I Want For Christmas’ by Mariah Carey as a smiling Paul looked on, bewildered.

When Adam asked why he wasn’t joining in, Paul replied: “I can’t compete with that!”

Adam carried on filming as the singer’s attention turned to another passerby, Sandra Davies.

Sandra, 70, a volunteer at St John’s Hospice, had spied Paul in the street while out shopping. The Lancaster pensioner, mother of the Guardian’s senior content editor Debbie Butler, asked him for a photo and told him she blamed Louis Walsh for his X Factor axe last month.

When the TV talent show contestant finished his conversation with Sandra, his attention returned to Adam who carried on singing Mariah Carey, badly!

The star saw the funny side and told Adam that he loved the video, when they met again in the street a few days later.

And Adam has even had the chance to walk in Paul’s famous shoes, as he himself has been stopped in the street and recognised since the video went viral.

Watch the video HERE