Dizzee Rascal, The xx tipped for Mercury Prize

Tue Jul 20, 2010 8:42am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Rapper Dizzee Rascal and indie trio The xx are among the favorites 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

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