Boost survey reveals what NI really wants this Christmas

Jamie Dornan has been voted the celebrity NI people would most like to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas, according to a survey by energy drink Boost

Belfast actor Jamie Dornan has been voted the local celebrity that people in Northern Ireland would most like to kiss under the mistletoe this Christmas, according to a survey carried out by leading energy drink Boost.

Forget about ‘mommy kissing Santa Claus’, it’s ‘Fall’ guy Jamie – alias Christian Grey in the 50 Shades movies – with whom the Northern Ireland public would most like to share a cheeky festive snog after receiving a huge 40 per cent of the vote, well ahead of fellow actor James Nesbitt who finished a not so close second with 8 per cent.

Local radio presenter Rebecca McKinney also received 8 per cent of the public vote to finish narrowly ahead of TV personality Christine Lampard (née Bleakley) as our most kissable female celeb.

Northern Ireland folk certainly have diverse tastes with Christmas panto ‘dame’ May McFettridge and former Blue Peter presenter Zoe Salmon each polling 6% of the vote, ahead of Girls Aloud’s Nadine Coyle and current Miss Northern Ireland Anna Henry, who each amassed 5% of the vote.

To celebrate the upcoming festive season, popular energy drink Boost launched a national survey to find out what people here really wanted for Christmas, with some interesting results.

If you’re still not sure what to buy your loved one this Christmas, then look no further as the survey reveals that the perfect Christmas gift is aholiday or short break with 38% of votes.  And if you don’t have time to shop around, then 15% of survey participants would be happiest just to receive cash.

Unwanted gifts are unfortunately part and parcel of Christmas time so Boost has tried to ensure you won’t need any gift receipts this year by identifying what people definitely don’t want this year!

Cooking and cleaning equipment is what the people of Northern Ireland would least like to receive, so be sure to avoid any hoovers, pots or pans!  This unpopular option topped the poll with 20% of the vote closely followed by ‘something to help you at work’ which clocked in with 17% of the vote.  Deodorant sets, socks and handkerchiefs also ranked highly on the least desirable list.

Boost is Northern Ireland’s number one selling soft drink in the independent sector and its survey also revealed the province’s number one Christmas song and movie.

Topping the music charts, a whopping 40% of people in Northern Ireland voted Fairytale of New York by The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl as their favourite Christmas song with Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas coming in second with 13% and Wham’s Last Christmas (10%) in third place.

Christmas just isn’t the same without sitting down to watch a festive movie and Home Alone starring Macaulay Culkin was voted our all-time favourite with 26% of the vote, ahead of Will Ferrell’s hilarious Elf which came a close second with 23%.

Of course, Christmas is an energy sapping time of year with lots of shopping to be done, Christmas parties to attend and huge amounts of food and drink to be consumed.  As the energy experts, Boost asked when people would most need a can of Boost over Christmas.

A whopping 41% of people said that that they would drink a can for a much needed boost of energy before some last minute shopping – with 38% needing a can the morning after their Christmas party or following a big festive night out!

“As Northern Ireland’s number one soft drink in the independent sector, we know that Boost is top of everyone’s shopping list when it comes to providing energy this Christmas,” said Francine Matthews, Consumer Marketing Manager for Boost Drinks Ltd.

“We’d like to wish all of our customers in Northern Ireland a very Happy Christmas and we hope they’ve all stocked up with enough Boost to keep them going over the hectic festive season.”

For more information on Boost, visit the Northern Ireland Facebook page.