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Sam Ryder “has to cancel Christmas video after Wizard’s Roy Wood threatened to sue him!”

Sam Ryder was reportedly forced to scrap his Christmas music video after Wizzard's Roy Wood threatened to sue the singer.

The 34-year-old “Space Man” singer had filmed himself dressed as 77-year-old Wizard frontman Roy Wood for a promotional video for his new single “You're Christmas To Me.” He wore blue face paint and a red and white striped hat – just like Roy in the clip for his 1973 Christmas hit “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday.”

According to The Sun, Roy then threatened to take legal action against Sam because he dressed up as him in a video.

It says Sam shared a clip from the deleted video on Instagram and quickly deleted it, writing: “Our Christmas present to you: The music video you'll probably never see because we'd get sued.”

Sam added: “I love you Roy Wood, I still think you're a legend.”

In cryptic quotes about the video before his now-deleted post, Sam had said: “All I can say is that for reasons beyond our control, no one will ever see it.”

“But there's another video coming that we had to make at the last minute. It's a damage control video.”

Sam is currently lagging behind in the race for the number one spot on the Christmas charts: The latest chart figures show that Wham!'s 'Last Christmas' has sold 32,435 copies since Friday (15.12.23), while Sam's Christmas offering is in second place with 28,288 copies sold.

Sam had told the Sun about the circumstances that led to his celebratory music video being cancelled and a new video being shot in a hurry: “We haven't said anything, I can neither confirm nor deny it.

“All I can say is that for reasons beyond our control, no one will ever see it.

“But there’s another video coming that we had to make at the last minute.

“It's a damage control video. I made it in about eight hours. But I can't confirm that the original even exists.”