Dublin-based alternative rock act Delorentos are the bookmakers' favourite to win this year's Choice Music Prize -- Ireland's answer to the Nationwide Mercury Prize -- after the shortlist was announced yesterday.

Quoted by Paddy Power bookmakers at odds of 2/1, Delorentos' "In Love With Detail" (Cottage Records) tops the list of 10 nominees for the 2007 Irish album of the year, with singer/songwriter Cathy Davey second favorite for her sophomore outing "Tales of Silversleeve" (EMI).

The shortlist also includes singer/songwriter Adrian Crowley - "Long Distance Swimmer" (Tin Angel); post-rock combo Dry County -"Unexpected Falls" (Lazybird Records); Monaghan indie outfit the Flaws - "Achieving Vagueness" (Arrivals); the solo album from BellX1's David Geraghty - "Kill Your Darlings" (Decal); trad fusionists Kila - "Gambler's Ballet" (Kila Records); former Moloko singer Roisin Murphy - "Overpowered" (EMI); Cork electro-rockers Stanley Super 800 - "Louder and Clearer" (Sofa); and eclectic dance-pop crew Super Extra Bonus Party - "Super Extra Bonus Party" (Alphabet Set).

The winner, which is selected by a 12-strong panel of music industry professionals, will be announced at a special ceremony in Dublin's Vicar St venue on Feb. 27. Shortlisted artists will be invited to perform on the night.

This is the third year of the Choice Music Prize - the first was won by Galway's Julie Feeney for her self-released "13 Songs" debut. She subsequently signed to Sony-BMG and will commence recording her second album in the spring. Last year's winner was the Divine Comedy for "Victory for the Comic Muse" (EMI).

The event will be broadcast live on the night by national Irish radio station, Today FM, on their Pet Sounds programme. The victor will receive a cheque for 10,000 euros ($14,736) provided by trade bodies the Irish Music Rights Organisation (IMRO) and the Irish Recorded Music Assn. (IRMA).