Musicians the hit singles in Scots' eligibles list

THEIR music is often about it and they occasionally help others find it, but love is currently proving elusive for the nation's two most eligible Scots.

Texas frontwoman Sharleen Spiteri and dance DJ Mylo have been voted Scotland's most wanted singletons in this year's round-up of the most talented unattached men and women in the country.

Spiteri, a 38-year-old mother of one who has just released her sixth album, Red Book, goes straight in at number one following her split from long-term partner Ashley Heath.

Mylo, arguably Skye's most eligible bachelor ever, has replaced heartthrob actor Gerard Butler at the top of the men's list.

Now in its sixth year, Scotland on Sunday's definitive list of the 100 hottest dates in the country has a huge range of new entries, including doctors, lawyers, plumbers and rugby players - and that's just some of the women.

On the men's side, the Eligibles, in association with Drambuie, features newcomers including film star Dougray Scott, artist Jack Vettriano and Franz Ferdinand's Bob Hardy. Prince William and Colin Montgomerie, meanwhile, are among those who have found love and fallen off the list.

New entries among the women include TV presenter Gail Porter, newsreader Sarah Smith and model Ashly Rae. Socialist MSP Rosie Kane, Monarch Of The Glen star Dawn Steel and former Miss UK Nicola Jolly are out.

This year, more than ever, shows that age is no barrier to being eligible. One Foot In The Grave star Richard Wilson may be a year away from 70 but he is still rated as the eighth most desirable date in Scotland.

Perennial songstress Lulu is still there at the age of 57, while 50-year-old Annie Lennox makes the top 10.

For the first time, a mother and son have appeared on the list: Andy and Judy Murray from Scotland's first tennis family. Andy soared in at the number two spot while his mother Judy comes in as a new entry at number 47.

Judy, described as "feisty, funny and full of passion", is looking for someone "with a fit body, honesty, talent and a good sense of humour". But suitors beware: the 44-year-old tennis coach already has two men in her life - sons Andy and Jamie.

Acting still seems to be the favoured profession for hot young singletons, with more than 10% of the list plying their trade on the stage.

As well as glamorous film stars, singletons from a wide range of sports are represented this year, including tennis, cricket, ice skating, rugby, motor racing and skiing, but not football.

The nation's leading golfer, meanwhile, has disappeared from the list. Colin Montgomerie, who was ranked at number four last year, has found love with Jo Baldwin, who he met on the school run and credits for the recent revival of his game.

And TV producer Katie Cullen, last year's number 19, is off the list after meeting a teacher called Hector, who she met the night that 2004's Eligibles list was published.

Film director Steven Anderson, last year's number 16, is now dating a scientist called Jana, from the Czech Republic, who he met when she gatecrashed his housewarming party at Christmas.

The judging panel, which includes party planner and socialite Kelly Cooper Barr, restaurateur James Thomson and entrepreneur Chris Gorman, spent months compiling the definitive guide to Scotland's most eligible.

Their job was made even more fascinating and challenging this year as a result of the decision to allow the public to nominate eligibles.

The result is an eclectic list of potential suitors who are not necessarily in the public eye, ranging from glamorous Edinburgh milliner Anna Kornahrens to Lanarkshire farmer Willie Mitchell.

Mitchell, who runs a 3,000-acre farm, says his best date was a lunch in Monte Carlo and there is nothing sexier than "beauty, brains and a gorgeous smile".

Panel judge Kelly Cooper Barr, who is also organising the culmination of the event, the exclusive Parisian-themed Eligibles party, said this year's list proved once and for all that life doesn't stop at 35.

"It's nice to have someone topping the list who is a mum, which proves that you can still be sexy when you are well past your twenties."

Clare Trodden, editor of Scotland on Sunday's Spectrum magazine, in which the Eligibles appears, said: "We've had an incredible amount of interest this year, with people calling in trying to find out who's on the list ahead of publication.

"Also, a new feature was invited nominations from the public for the first time, which has thrown in some surprising results."

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