The shortlist will be announced next Tuesday.
Let me be the first person to predict the winners in 2007 (because the release date for their record misses the Mercury deadline this year) - Various - 'The World Is Gone' on XL Recordings. It's fucking awesome.
Anyway, I guess Arctic Monkeys will walk away with it this year. Any other suggestions? I'd say Guillemots, Corinne Bailey Rae, Lily Allen and Plan B will get a nod.