Cowell in line for Dad of the Year

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Simon Cowell could be named Celebrity Dad of the Year Simon Cowell could be named Celebrity Dad of the Year

Simon Cowell is in the running to be named Celebrity Dad of the Year, despite his admission that he refuses to change nappies.

The media mogul - once dubbed TV's Mr Nasty - welcomed son Eric with girlfriend Lauren Silverman in February and has admitted he is loving fatherhood.

Simon has now been shortlisted for Marvel Celebrity Dad of the Year. He will battle it out for the title against a host of superhero dads, including last year's winner, Olympic medallist Mo Farah.

The X Factor judge has spoken proudly about how he is a changed man since becoming a dad, and feels more happy and relaxed. But he has said he is "100 per cent absolutely not" changing any nappies.

Also on the shortlist are Good Morning Britain host and father-of-two Ben Shephard, comedian John Bishop and McFly's Tom Fletcher, 28, who became a father to son Buzz Michelangelo in March this year.

They have been selected by public vote along with TV chef Jamie Oliver - who has four children and is known for his campaign-work to provide healthy food for school kids - and Olympic rower James Cracknell and his TV presenter friend Ben Fogle, who together have taken part in several testing expeditions for charity.

Tour de France winner Bradley Wiggins and paralympic athlete David Weir are also in the running for the 2014 title.

Peter Andre, who has been crowned Celebrity Dad of the Year twice, has not made the shortlist. Neither has Gary Barlow who took the title in 2012.

Voting for the winner is now open on the Marvel Facebook page http://bit.ly/VOTEMarvelCelebDad.

The vote closes on June 4, 2014.

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