Dizzee Rascal, The xx tipped for Mercury Prize

LONDON Tue Jul 20, 2010 6:43pm IST

British rapper Dizzee Rascal performs at the Glastonbury Festival 2010 in south west England, June 25, 2010. Dizzee Rascal and indie trio The xx are among the favourites for this year's Mercury Prize for most outstanding album. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor/Files

British rapper Dizzee Rascal performs at the Glastonbury Festival 2010 in south west England, June 25, 2010. Dizzee Rascal and indie trio The xx are among the favourites for this year's Mercury Prize for most outstanding album.

Credit: Reuters/Luke MacGregor/Files

LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Rapper Dizzee Rascal and indie trio The xx are among the favourites for this year's Mercury Prize for most outstanding album.

Over 200 entries have been whittled down to the final 12, which include chart veteran Paul Weller and soulful songstress Corinne Bailey Rae.

Dizzee Rascal, who won the Mercury Prize in 2003 for his debut album "Boy in da Corner", is tipped for "Tongue N' Cheek" while The xx are shortlisted for their debut eponymous album.

Bookmaker William Hill quoted both at 4/1 to win the 20,000 pound ($30,380) prize which will be awarded in London on Sept, 7.

The shortlist:

I Am Kloot - Sky At Night

Foals - Total Life Forever

Laura Marling - I Speak Because I Can

The xx - xx

Dizzee Rascal - Tongue N' Cheek

Corinne Bailey Rae - The Sea

Villagers - Becoming A Jackal

Wild Beasts - Two Dancers

Biffy Clyro - Only Revolutions

Kit Downes Trio - Golden

Paul Weller - Wake Up The Nation

Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More

(Reporting by Isabel Coles; Editing by Steve Addison)

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