Sir Elton John and his civil partner David Furnish have become the first gay couple to be in the running for ‘celebrity dad of the year.’

The pair, who celebrated the birth of their son Zachary Jackson Levon Furnish-John last Christmas, are said to be “thrilled” at the news.

The current reigning celeb dad is singer Peter Andre. The gay couple also face competition from
footballers David Beckham, Wayne Rooney and Frank Lampard. Other celebrity fathers include Take That’s Gary Barlow, cricketer Kevin Pietersen and ancient rocker Rod Stewart.

Sir Elton and Mr Furnish’s baby was born to a surrogate mother on Christmas Day 2010. Sir Elton told OK magazine: “He shot out like a rocket. There just aren’t proper words to describe that feeling ever. It’s indescribable. It was just, ‘We have a son!’”

He also revealed that he would not spoil the child.

“I’m ready to have a child and lavish my love on our son and not spoil him materially,” he said. The couple named Lady Gaga as Zachary’s god mother.

The couple said that they had not given up hope of caring for an HIV-positive Ukrainian toddler and his three-year-old brother.

They met the pair at an orphanage for children whose parents had fallen victim to AIDS last year.

The public can vote for their favourite father on the Premier Inn Facebook page.