The Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year 2012 is set to be a clash of the titans with X Factor head judge Gary Barlow having openly challenged last year’s winner Peter Andre to stand aside in this year’s hotly anticipated contest.
In a recent declaration on Twitter, the Take That star and soon to be father-of-four, threw down the gauntlet to his pop star rival, telling the Australian-born father of three to "move aside" so he could claim this year’s top accolade. With a fourth child on the way, recently revealed to be a baby girl, the rivalry is certainly gathering pace with fellow father-of-three Peter Andre who has now won the coveted title two years in a row.
Both fathers will be fending off challenges from new daddies this year including superstar rapper Jay-z, who welcomed in one of the most famous showbiz babies of recent years, Blue Ivy Carter. Also new on the list is football star Cristiano Ronaldo, ex-N Dubz rapper Dappy and marathon man, John Bishop. All have demonstrated their fatherhood qualities and a keen sense of family despite being more well-known for operating in professional environments.
Peter Andre, the reigning champion of Celebrity Dad of the Year 2011 has once again made the shortlist so bets are on to see if he can make it a hat trick, this year.
The dads in line for the Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year 2012 award are (in no particular order):
- Wayne Rooney
- Cristiano Ronaldo
- Jeff Brazier
- David Beckham
- Vernon Kay
- Gary Barlow
- Jamie Oliver
- Rod Stewart
- Jonathan Ross
- Elton John
- David Furnish
- David Cameron
- Jack Osbourne
- John Bishop
- Ben Foden
- Kris Smith
- Thomas Cohen
- Peter Andre
The official Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year award aims to reward the celebrity dad who has impressed the nation by balancing a hectic public life with the demands of parenting.
The public can register their votes now at www.facebook.com/premierinn for who they would most like to see crowned with the coveted title in time for Father's Day (Sunday, 17 June).
Britain has until midnight on 11th June 2012 check date to vote for its celebrity dad from the shortlisted top 20 by registering nominations at www.facebook.com/premierinn with the winner presented with their award at an exclusive presentation ceremony in London on Thursday 14th June 2012.
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