UK contestant selected for Eurovision Song Contest 2010

Nineteen-year-old Josh Dubovie is on his way to Oslo to compete in the 55th annual Eurovision Song Contest as the UK entry. He will be taking to the stage in the Telenor Arena to perform That Sounds Good To Me.

Hit-master Pete Waterman wrote the song with Mike Stock and Steve Crosby and with it he hopes to wow the 18,000 strong crowd in the arena, as well as the millions of worldwide viewers.

Graham Norton is once again on hand as commentator for the night’s events, as he brings his own inimitable style to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, live on BBC One and BBC HD at 8pm on Saturday 29 May.

Spearheading the UK’s bid for success, Pete Waterman has been responsible for over 200 hit songs and produced pop sensations spanning three decades – including Kylie Minogue, Steps and Bananarama.

Together with Mike Stock and Matt Aitken he’s notched up over 500 million sales worldwide, as well as being the proud owner of an OBE and no less than three prestigious Ivor Novello awards.

Josh won the public vote on Your Country Needs You! and, since winning, has been busy preparing and promoting the song.

Josh, from Basildon, Essex, has been working with a team including stylist to the stars Frank Strachan, who has worked with Kylie, Girls Aloud and Jamelia, as well as top choreographer Paul Domaine, who has worked with Dannii Minogue, Sugarbabes, Queen and Tina Turner.

With the hopes of the nation resting on his shoulders, Josh will perform the song 12th – out of the 25 countries taking part in the final.

Pete says: “Josh has got everything you need and all the enthusiasm it takes – which is fantastic – he’s going there to give it his all.

“That’s what I like about this contest. Who knows what will happen in Oslo? But, whatever else, we are going to give it our best shot.”

Josh says: “After doing so well last year, the pressure is on and I really think we have a good chance – we have a brilliant song, an epic stage production and a very talented team behind us! I will do my absolute best and I won’t let the UK down!”

A mix of 39 countries will compete this year and, for the third time in the history of the Contest, 20 of the 25 countries represented in the final will be decided through two semi-finals, broadcast live on BBC Three at 8pm on Tuesday 25 and Thursday 27 May.

Ten countries from each semi-final will go through to Saturday’s final along with the big four – the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Spain – plus last year’s winners, Norway.

Paddy O’Connell returns for his sixth contest to give commentary on the semi-finals, joined by co-presenter Sarah Cawood.

Of the 39 songs, over 20 will be sung in English, while the rest will be sung in at least one other language.

Last year, the UK got serious with the combined talents of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Diane Warren with Jade Ewen at their side. Now, Eurovision comes to Oslo and, after the king of musicals, who better to take the helm than the king of pop – Pete Waterman, with Essex’s own, Josh Dubovie, chosen by the public and passionate about flying the flag for the UK this year.

The Eurovision Song Contest is executive produced by Phil Parsons and produced by Helen Tumbridge.

The Eurovision Song Contest semi-finals are produced by Andrew Cartmell.

For the latest news, backstage gossip, facts and figures, as well as videos for every entry taking part this year, go to: bbc.co.uk/eurovision.

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