Elton and David Furnish have made the shortlist for ”Celebrity Dad of the Year.” The musician and his partner became parents to son Zachary on Christmas Day last December through a surrogate mother and they become the first gay couple to be nominated for the British award. The couple are said to be “thrilled” at the news of their nomination.
Other nominees on the list include soccer players Wayne Rooney and David Beckham, Take That crooner Gary Barlow and TV presenter Jonathan Ross.
Last year’s winner, Peter Andre – who has five-year-old Junior and three-year-old Princess Tiaamii with ex-wife Katie Price – is also in the running this year.
According to the organisers of the Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year 2011 award, it aims to: “Reward the celebrity dad who has impressed the nation by balancing a hectic public life with the demands of parenting.”
To see the full short-list of personalities and to place your vote for the coveted title, go to www.facebook.com/premierinn.
Voting begins today and will end at midnight on Sunday, June 12. The winner will be presented with his award at an exclusive presentation ceremony in London on Thursday, the 16th of June.