Who: 20-year-old London-born singer/songwriter Adele Adkins.
What Is She Nominated For: "19", a critically acclaimed set of songs that focuses on hometown life and heartbreak.
Why She Should Win: It's hard for me to say since I'm not a fan but she has achieved a lot for such a young age - everyone knew that either she or Duffy would gain a nomination and Adele probably got the nod because of her youth. Her songs have been described as heartfelt, soulful and down-to-earth.
Chances of Winning: Bookmakers have put her at 6/1, on a par with Burial and Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. The front runners Last Shadow Puppets and Radiohead both have odds of 5/1 so it can definitely be said that she's in with a chance. Personally I wouldn't vote for her; despite "Chasing Pavements" being a hit, it wasn't much of a song. Repeating a chorus over and over again with only one verse and making it sound different by lowering your voice now and then isn't a big achievement. Anyone could do that - and the same could be said for "Cold Shoulder". I think her best song is "Hometown Glory" but the judges will maybe pick her because she seems so innocent.
What I'm Listening To Right Now: "Attention" by The Raconteurs
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