Atomic Kitten babe Natasha Hamilton and Irish hunk Ronan Keating are this year's (03) winners of the REAR OF THE YEAR award.

IT'S OK singer Hamilton, 20, has only last year (02) given birth to her first child, JOSH, and was thrilled to win the pert posterior accolade.

She says, "I'd never really thought about it before but I suppose people have remarked about it in the past. I always thought it was a joke, though. It's all a bit weird, but I'm very flattered.

"My mum would be so proud because she always said I'd got the arse from her side of the family. I was wondering how they'd vote - do they take snidey pictures of your bum all year round?

"I think my trophy will take pride of place on the mantlepiece."

She follows in the footsteps of last year's controversial winner - teen star Charlotte Church, who had only just turned 16 when awarded the gong.

23/04/2003 20:58