The star is the bookie's favourite after the shortlist is announced in London...

KYLIE MINOGUE has emerged as the favourite to scoop the BRITANNIA RECORD OF THE YEAR Award for 'CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY HEAD' after the nominations were announced today (November 22).

Simon Cowell, who has sprung to fame in the UK as a judge on the 'Pop Idol' television show, named the 20 act shortlist this morning at the Hard Rock Cafe in London. Cowell said the Award, which is decided by a public vote after all the acts perform on television, was the one all chart acts wanted to win. "It's the most important show... after 'Pop Idol'," he joked.

Robbie Williams , with 'Eternity', was named as second favourite by bookmakers William Hill, sitting on 5/2, just behind Kylie's 6/4. S Club 7, at 7/1 with 'Don't Stop Movin'', Atomic Kitten, with 'Whole Again' at 8/1 and Hear'Say at 12/1with 'Pure And Simple' are also amongst the favourites. In a further dent to her battered career, Geri Halliwell has been named as a poor outsider at 50/1 with 'It's Raining Men'. Bob The Builder is at 25/1 with 'Mambo No.5'.

A preview of the Record of The Year nominees will be screened on ITV1 at 6.30pm (GMT) on December 2. The final will be screened on December 8 at 6pm on the same channel, after which viewers can vote for the winner. Popular presenters Ant & Dec will host both shows.

Westlife have won the award for the last two years in a row.

The full list of nominees is as follows:
Blue - 'All Rise' (16/1)
Samantha Mumba - 'Wild Card' (16/1)
Afroman - 'Because I Got High' (16/1)
Kylie Minogue - 'Can't Get You Out Of My Head' (6/4)
Gorillaz - 'Clint Eastwood' (16/1)
S Club 7 - 'Don't Stop Movin'' (7/1)
DJ Pied Piper and The Master Of Ceremonies - 'Do You Really Like It?' (25/1)
Robbie Williams - 'Eternity' (5/2)
DJ Otzi - 'Hey Baby' (25/1)
Geri Halliwell - 'It's Raining Men' (50/1)
Shaggy - 'It Wasn't Me' (20/1)
Chritina Aguilera/L'il Kim/Pink/Mya - 'Lady Marmalade' (50/1)
Bob The Builder - 'Mambo No. 5' (16/1)
Wyclef Jean - 'Perfect Gentleman' (50/1)
Hear'Say - 'Pure And Simple' (12/1)
Destiny's Child - 'Survivor' (25/1)
Wheatus - 'Teenage Dirtbag' (25/1)
So Solid Crew - '21 Seconds' (15/1)
City High - 'What Would You Do' (15/1)
Atomic Kitten - 'Whole Again' (8/1)

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