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Mercury Prize: Countdown to September

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Rory Connolly Rory Connolly | 13:03 UK time, Friday, 31 July 2009

A week on from the nominations announcement and the dust is finally beginning to settle over at Mercury Prize towers. For some like Florence & The Machine and La Roux the excitement of being shortlisted was little more than another highpoint among the flurry of noteable achievements that have encircled their debut releases.

speech.jpgSpeech Debelle, on the other hand has made her way to the BBC Breakfast studio and the Sunday broadsheets to provide a little further background to the album that won her that elusive nomination, while Lisa Hannigan found time to pop in on the good people at Radio 4's Loose Ends to talk up her chances.

The Mercury Prize announcement has also taken many back to last autumn, when strong releases from Friendly Fires and Glasvegas first alerted the ears of NME, who now see the former as likely winners.fires.jpg

Not that our family of blogging prophets failed to see that coming. Collectively the thirteen sites who weighed in with their personal favourites predicted five of the final twelve selected by the Mercury Prize panel, with only the pleasant surprises of Led Bib and Sweet Billy Pilgrim passing under the blog radar.

If surprise is what you are after you could do worse than checking out our Mercury Prize website, where all but two of the nominees stopped by to share their reaction on being shortlisted. Also on offer are a host of exclusive BBC archive performances, including Kasabian on Glastonbury's Pyramid stage, Bat For Lashes' appearance on Later with Jools Holland and Friendly Fires getting their samba on at Radio 1's Big Weekend.

We'll have lots more to come in the run up to September 8's ceremony as we ponder which album deserves the big prize. Who do you think should take the glory?

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