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Competition – predict the Choice Music Prize shortlist and win €100 of On The Record’s money!

On Wednesday afternoon, the Choice Music Prize shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2009 will be revealed and fun and games will then ensue. In an attempt to outdo last year’s lavish launch (the one which was voted Launch …

Mon, Jan 11, 2010, 10:52

   

On Wednesday afternoon, the Choice Music Prize shortlist for Irish Album of the Year 2009 will be revealed and fun and games will then ensue.

In an attempt to outdo last year’s lavish launch (the one which was voted Launch of the Decade by readers of VIP Magazine), this year’s announcement will feature 10 celebrities each revealing one of the 10 acts on this year’s shortlist. Inbetween each announcement, a 10,000 strong children’s choir will sing selections from each nominated album, doves will be released from large boxes and there will also be fireworks left over from Hallowe’en. Celebrities who are currently thought to be freeing up their schedules for this year’s launch, which will be held on the building site in Dublin’s docklands where Anglo Irish Bank were supposed to have their HQ, include Tiger Woods, some of the kids from Fame, Jedward, Jon Bon Jovi, Nelson Mandela, Mariah Carey and Iris Robinson. This launch will take place regardless of what the weather is like. (*)

But why wait until Wednesday? In a feat of generosity not seen since last year, On The Record will give €100 of his own cash to anyone who can predict the 10 albums on the shortlist. Yep, the prize which no-one won last year is back. Due to the recession, it has not increased. But hey, it’s still €100.

Here is your chance to see if your own musical smarts match those of our 12 expert judges. Can you come up with the same Choice Music Prize shortlist as our 12 esteemed judges?

The rules are simple. You can enter once and once only. Entries will be accepted up to 11am on Tuesday. Anyone who makes a smart remark which is not judged by me to be funny will be disqualified. Anyone who mentions the Hardy Bucks will also be disqualified. Members of the Green Party are not allowed enter because they should be out clearing the snow/slush/ice. I mean, they caused it.

Declaration of interest: I’m the co-founder of this yoke and am also the non-voting chairman of the judging panel.

(* Real announcement will be made on Wednesday at 3pm on Today FM and on the official Choice Music Prize website)