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How the shortlist was reached
For the first time, a selected group of newspapers and magazine journalists, along with a BBC panel of experts plus online and postal public votes, determined the shortlist of 10 contenders for the 2006 BBC Sports Personality of the Year.

They were collated into lists of 10 candidates, which are published below. In some cases, less than 10 names were submitted. Each name counted as one vote towards the final shortlist.

A public vote by phone and text will decide the winner during Sunday's show on BBC One, which is being broadcast for the first time from the NEC in Birmingham.

The nominations are listed in alphabetical order by surname.

Birmingham Mail
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Peter Crouch
Sir Alex Ferguson
Tony McCoy
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Phil Taylor
Jane Tomlinson
The Observer
Jenson Button
Joe Calzaghe
Paul Casey
Ricky Hatton
Tony McCoy
Colin Montgomerie
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Beth Tweddle
Mail on Sunday Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Colin Montgomerie
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Shelley Rudman
Beth Tweddle
David Weir

The Guardian
Harry Aikines-Aryeetey
Ross Brawn
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Sean Long
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Beth Tweddle
Daily Record
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Sir Alex Ferguson
Sven-Goran Eriksson
Ricky Hatton
Colin Montgomerie
Andrew Murray
Walter Smith
Marc Warren
Ian Woosnam
Wales on Sunday Joe Calzaghe
Paul Casey
Nicole Cooke
Caitlin McClatchey
Andy Murray
Brian Noble
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Beth Tweddle
Ian Woosnam

Sunday Mirror
Jenson Button
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Amir Khan
AP McCoy
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
John Terry
Beth Tweddle
Daily Mail
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Gail Emms
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Nathan Robertson
Shelley Rudman
Beth Tweddle
Belfast Telegraph Paul Casey
Darren Clarke
Steven Gerrard
David Healy
Jessica Kuerten
Colin Montgomerie
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
John Terry
Ian Woosnam

Sunday Telegraph
Jenson Button
Joe Calzaghe
Paul Casey
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Tim Don
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Beth Tweddle
Evening Standard
Rowan Alexander
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Graham Poll
Phil Taylor
David Walliams
Ian Woosnam
Daily Star
Jenson Button
Paul Casey
Darren Clarke
Peter Crouch
Ricky Hatton
Amir Khan
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
John Terry
Beth Tweddle

Independent on Sunday
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Owen Hargreaves
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Mark Ramprakash
Shelley Rudman
Paul Scholes
Beth Tweddle
BBC - Online Public Vote
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Peter Crouch
Mick Gault
Monty Panesar
Steve Peat
Zara Phillips
Phil Taylor
Beth Tweddle
Coventry Evening Telegraph
Ian Bell
Jenson Button
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Peter Crouch
Padraig Harrington
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Phil Taylor

The Herald
Paul Casey
Ricky Hatton
Chris Hoy
Caitlin McClatchey
David Murdoch
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Gregor Tait
Beth Tweddle
Sunday Mercury
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Gail Emms
Craig Fallon
Dean Macey
Andy Murray
Matt Neal
Monty Panesar
Shelley Rudman
Beth Tweddle
Daily Telegraph
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Padraig Harrington
Rebecca Lyne
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Mark Ramprakash
Beth Tweddle

Sunday Express
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Andrew Flintoff
Owen Hargreaves
Chris Hoy
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Beth Tweddle
Steve Williams
The Times
Joe Calzaghe
Paul Casey
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Owen Hargreaves
Tony McCoy
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Beth Tweddle
BBC Sport panel*
Jenson Button
Joe Calzaghe
Paul Casey
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Tony McCoy
Zara Phillips
Shelley Rudman
Phil Taylor
Beth Tweddle

Daily Post
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Graeme Dott
Steven Gerrard
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Phil Taylor
Beth Tweddle
Ian Woosnam
The People
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Owen Hargreaves
Tony McCoy
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Phil Taylor
Beth Tweddle
News of the World
Jenson Button
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Andrew Flintoff
Amir Khan
Aaron Lennon
Gary Neville
Kevin Pietersen
John Terry
Ian Woosnam

Zoo
Jenson Button
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Andrew Flintoff
Owen Hargreaves
Ricky Hatton
Amir Khan
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Ian Woosnam
Sunday Times
Joe Calzaghe
Dee Caffari
Nicole Cooke
Matt Hampson
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Graham Poll
Hope Powell
Beth Tweddle
Ian Woosnam
Express & Star
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Tony McCoy
Colin Montgomerie
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Shelley Rudman
Beth Tweddle

BBC - Postal Public Vote
Jenson Button
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Darren Kenny
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Shelley Rudman
Phil Taylor
Beth Tweddle
Western Mail
Ian Bell
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Ryan Giggs
Colin Montgomerie
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Ian Woosnam
Daily Express
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Gail Emms
Ricky Hatton
Tony McCoy
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Beth Tweddle

The Sun
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Andrew Flintoff
Owen Hargreaves
Ricky Hatton
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Phil Taylor
John Terry
David Walliams
Metro
Jenson Button
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Nicole Cooke
Amir Khan
Dean Macey
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Beth Tweddle
Nuts
Ian Bell
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Steven Gerrard
Ricky Hatton
Paul Hunter
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Wayne Rooney
Phil Taylor

Daily Star Sunday
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Joe Cole
Ricky Hatton
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Andrew Strauss
John Terry
Ian Woosnam
Independent
Nicole Cooke
Ricky Hatton
Colin Montgomerie
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Mark Ramprakash
Beth Tweddle
The Mirror
Joe Calzaghe
Darren Clarke
Andy Murray
Monty Panesar
Zara Phillips
Beth Tweddle

Belfast Newsletter
Darren Clarke

*BBC Sport Panel - Gary Lineker, Sue Barker, Adrian Chiles, Alan Hansen, Steve Cram, Jonathan Davies, Dame Tanni Grey Thompson, Suzi Perry, Clare Balding, Hazel Irvine.


THE FINAL SHORTLIST

BBC Sports Personality of the Year contendersJenson ButtonJoe CalzagheDarren ClarkeNicole CookeRicky HattonAndy MurrayMonty PanesarZara PhillipsEnter alt textPhil TaylorBeth Tweddle


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