The run­ners-up

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Rod Ste­wart

‘A gen­tle­man should be able to laugh at him­self,’ says judge Andrew Love and, in the new world of clean-cut Youtube pop­stars dron­ing on about the ben­e­fits of steamed kale and or­ganic hair gel, this rock icon in­jects a much-needed sense of fun. No­to­ri­ously cheer­ful and kind at heart, he puts jour­nal­ists at ease and is a de­voted fa­ther to eight chil­dren. If in doubt, just ask his exes—he’s on good terms with all of them.

Matt Baker

Whether he’s talk­ing to his en­rap­tured au­di­ence from a stack of hay bales in mud­died wellies or from a green stu­dio sofa in a crisply ironed shirt, there is no deny­ing the Coun­try­file and The One Show host’s good na­ture and cap­ti­vat­ing pas­sion for what he does—his soar­ing rat­ings speak for them­selves. To put it sim­ply, he’s ter­ri­bly nice.

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