Sharon Osbourne will go head-to-head with The Queen of England by delivering the alternative Christmas message to Britons on England's Channel 4, according to the channel's spokesperson

Channel 4 said Osbourne's message — which, like the Queen's will be broadcast at 3 p.m. on Christmas Day — will be targeted to viewers "who crave more challenging TV fare with their festive pud." ("Pud" is short for "pudding")

Osbourne, 50, follows in the footsteps of such cult figures as the late Quentin Crisp, Doreen and Neville Lawrence and Ali G.

Channel 4 provided no preview as to the theme of Sharon's message, which will be recorded later this month, but the station did say that Osbourne, 50, and the Queen, 76, both share a love of dogs and a reputation for hard work.

A Channel 4 spokeswoman added: "Sharon Osbourne connects with our viewers in a way that the Queen can't. She is a real person who leads an extraordinary life."


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