Elton John shortlisted for dad of the year award

Updated: May 27, 2011, 20:53 PM IST

London: Singer Elton John and his partner David Furnish have reportedly become the first gay couple to be shortlisted for Britain`s dad of the year award.

Contactmusic.com reports they will compete against soccer star David Beckham and singer Rod Stewart.

Australian singer Peter Andre - who took the title last year - has also been nominated, along with British pop star Gary Barlow.

"Peter Andre, the reigning champion, has once again made the shortlist, so it will be interesting to see if he can become the first dad to win the title two years in a row," said a spokesperson of the contest.

The winner will be determined by public vote and announced on Britain`s Father`s Day next month for the Premier Inn Celebrity Dad of the Year prize.