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Blue gunning to ensure sixth UK Eurovision victory

| 10.05.2011

The UK may not have achieved much in the Eurovision Song Contest in recent years, but a first victory since 1997 could be on the cards as Blue prepare to give a winning performance in Germany.

Not since Katrina and the Waves claimed victory with their track ‘Love Shine A Light’ have the UK tasted success and the results have largely been mediocre at best since.

Jemini set the precedent when they failed to score even a single point in 2003, while the UK has finished last again on two separate occasions since, including when Josh Dubovie did so last year.

Blue will at least be expecting to better this result and are 7/1 in the Eurovision odds to secure a UK victory for the sixth time, with the price being the shortest ever for a UK entrant.

The band initially split in 2005 but reformed for Eurovision and have high hopes for their song ‘I Can’.

Rehearsals have already begun in Dusseldorf, while the song has received some exposure in the UK, where it reached number 16 in the UK charts, despite its limited air time.

Band member Duncan James said: “We want everyone to know we’re really proud to be here.

“We hope to represent our country well. This is one of the best things we’ve done as a band.”

Meanwhile, Blue have indicated that they would gladly pose naked if they secure the most votes at the Esprit Arena, which could potentially net them some extra followers.

Furthermore, the foursome may also gain some added votes from Greece, as Simon Webbe’s current girlfriend Maria Kouka has been asking friends and family from her homeland to vote in favour of Blue.

A £30 stake on Blue securing Eurovision victory for the UK would return £210. New customers can sign up here for a free £30 bet.



Craig Kemp

Craig has written for Ladbrokes since the 2010 World Cup, having previously gained a Media & Sports Journalism degree and contributed to publications including the Racing Post. His main areas of interest are horse racing and UFC, but he is also an avid X Factor gambler and likes nothing more than indulging in a spot of Hip Hop Karaoke.