JUST FOR THE RECORD…

The usual suspects are likely to feature on the shortlist for the prize, won last year by Westlife...

ROBBIE WILLIAMS, WESTLIFE, RONAN KEATING, ALL SAINTS and BRITNEY SPEARS are likely candidates to feature on the shortlist for the third annual ITV ‘RECORD OF THE YEAR’ show.

The details have been confirmed for this year’s competition, which is hosted by Denise Van Outen. A spokesperson for the show told NME.COM a shortlist of the best records of 2000 will be decided by “record company types”, and is based mainly on chart success. As a result, the show, like previous years, will be dominated by chart acts such as All Saints, Craig David and Robbie Williams.

December 2 will be the first show, where the shortlist of the 20 records of the year are announced. Music fans will be urged to vote via a phone poll for their favourite ten records out of the 20 to go on to the final, which will take place a week later, on December 9.

On the December 9 show, the majority of shortlisted acts are expected to perform live, before viewers vote for their overall Record Of The Year. Last year’s award was won by Westlife, who just beat Boyzone’s Ronan Keating.

The show’s concept and organisation comes from Jonathan King. He told NME.COM: “In three years, the ‘Record Of The Year’ show has become the most powerful influence on music sales…because it is broadcast two weeks before Christmas. The impact it has is enormous. Both Westlife and Boyzone saw their albums sales increase by 250,000 copies more than anticipated due to the massive, prime time exposure. As an event, it’s…as populist as they come, packed with truly adored stars, full of drama….words, as usual, fail me!”