Final guest panelist and song 36 of our 40

Over the weeks, in addition to the selection by public vote (in which there are just 6 more days to have your say – the polls close for good at midnight on Saturday), we’ve been proud to have guest panelists name songs from the top of our own panel’s shortlist.

These have included Tracy Morter, Huw Stephens, Sofia Hagberg, Emily Eavis, Steve Henwood, Gareth Main, Louise Dodgson and Adam Brooks.

So this is the announcement about our last guest panelist.

If we were going to name anyone from history whom we would most like to be able to invite to choose artists for us from those who’ve put in, it would be the late radio presenter, the legendary John Peel. Sadly that is of course not possible for reasons which don’t need stating.

However we are delighted to be able to say that the former producer of John Peel’s Radio One show, Louise Kattenhorn, has agreed to listen to our panel’s shortlist and to name two artists for our final 40.

We are really grateful to her and to all of our guest panelists over the last 8 weeks.

For an idea of how closely involved Louise was with the peerless John Peel show during her time there, have a look at this Liverpool Echo article from 2004.

As with all of our guest panelists, Louise has been listening to the top of our own panel’s shortlist – two of the artists in our final 40 are going to be her choices from those.

The first of these – so the 36th song for our 40 – is Grand Pocket Orchestra‘s ‘Ballet Shoes’…

…and we’ll announce the other next week.

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