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Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016 – Shortlist Announced

We’re delighted to share some very exciting news with you – it’s time to back your Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016! The general public voted in their numbers during our initial nominations stage and we now have a final shortlist of ten famous fathers who all do a cracking job of balancing their busy work schedules with those ever-important family responsibilities. Last year’s competition was so much fun that we’ve decided to do it all again and today, are thrilled to reveal each of the nominees for the award.

Ready to defend his title is father-of-three Gary Barlow, who was our overwhelming champion 12 months ago, and is on for a trio of Celebrity Dad victories after also picking up the trophy in 2012. Australian daddy and singer Peter Andre also makes the list, as does Tom Fletcher, who both missed out to Take That’s Gary last time.

Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016-Gary Barlow     Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016-Tom Fletcher

Tom has two sons, Buzz and Buddy, with wife Giovanna who was crowned our Celebrity Mum of the Year earlier this year and has previous himself having picked up the Celeb Dad gong in 2014. Benedict Cumberbatch, father to young son Christopher, also makes the top ten in what promises to be a hotly contested voting phase, with interest from many areas of the globe.

Aussie Jason Donovan is the second of two nominees from down under to have been selected by you and will be gunning for a maiden triumph as will the majority of our dads, including Louis Tomlinson. The One Direction heartthrob became a daddy for the first time to son Freddie in January and has posted loads of super-cute Instagram pictures having put band duties on hold to spend time with his child.

Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016-Jason Donovan     Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016-Louis Tomlinson

After helping Leicester City clinch top spot in the Premier League recently, footballer Jamie Vardy could be on for another first placed finish as your votes have handed him a spot on the shortlist. The father-of-one faces stiff competition from the rest of our dads, with Chris Evans another newbie to the list. Presenter Chris regularly involves his three children on his Radio 2 breakfast show and TFI Friday programme and still finds time to spend with his kids despite a heavy work life that will see him front Top Gear later in 2016.

Completing the line-up are TOWIE cast member Elliott Wright and TV’s most extreme adventurer Bear Grylls but which Celebrity Dad are you backing for the crown?

We think they’re all deserving victors but only one can bag the trophy. Vote now to get behind your Celebrity Dad of the Year 2016!