Watch John Lewis' 2018 Christmas Advert Starring Elton John In Full

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Featuring the singer's "Your Song", 2018's John Lewis Chrsitmas ad takes viewers through his glittering career, centring on Sir Reginald's greatest gift of all: his piano. "The film begins in present day and works backwards chronologically through Elton's life right until the moment on Christmas morning when he received the special gift that changed his life".

Elton John's first piano, a gift at Christmas according to the John Lewis advert.

After weeks of speculation, Sir Elton John has been confirmed as the star of John Lewis' festive visual offering. Every year, the entirety of the United Kingdom waits for the new advert to be released and this year, the company have gone all in with an Elton John inspired video.

But look a little deeper, and this year's story is all about music lessons.

While it is true acoustic pianos are not available, a search on the John Lewis website shows that they do now sell a number of electrical pianos and keyboards, accompanied with the words: "Inspired by our Christmas advert".

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Fans of the new John Lewis ad included former MP and Strictly Come Dancing star Ed Balls, who said it was "totally brilliant", and TV presenter Susanna Reid who responded: "Absolutely love it".

The move comes ahead of John Lewis' much-anticipated Christmas campaign, which is reported to contain a starring role for the musician.

Elton John is the main feature in this year's campaign. John Lewis is understood to usually spend around £7m on its Christmas campaign, including creative and media.

It is thought the advert cost the department store around £7 million (NZ$14m) with John receiving an early six-figure Christmas gift from that budget. A portion of Elton John's undisclosed fee has been donated to the Elton John Charitable Trust.