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article imageLast-placed Eurovision entrant says he’s still smiling

By Andrew John     May 30, 2010 in Entertainment
The teenage singer who came last in this weekend’s Eurovision Song contest – witnessed by a television audience of more than 120 million – says he’s “still smiling.”
Nineteen-year-old Josh Dubovie from Basildon in Essex represented the UK with a song masterminded by Pete Waterman, of the Stock Aitken Waterman hit-making trio.
However, Dubovie’s performance of “That Sounds Good to Me” failed to impress the judges and the viewing public – who shared the voting 50–50 this year – and scored only ten points. Way out ahead from the early stages of the voting was Germany, which won the competition (the 55th since the contest began in 1956) with 246 votes.
The country’s 19-year-old representative chanteuse, Lena, sang “Satellite” to a packed audience inside Oslo’s Telenor Arena. Lena – full name Lena Meyer-Landrut – had come from virtually nowhere to be selected in the German regional competition. The single of “Satellite” has hit the Number 1 slot all over Europe.
As he returns to Britain this weekend, Dubovie said: “This has been one of the best experiences of my life no matter where I’ve come in the contest.
“It’s been a privilege to represent the UK, I will keep performing and I’m still smiling.”
The UK has finished in the bottom slot three times in the past eight years.
Waterman and his co-composers Mike Stock and Steve Crosby said: “We are proud that Josh performed our song brilliantly and he did a fantastic job for the UK.”
The comedian and presenter Graham Norton, who was providing the commentary for BBC viewers in the UK, also spoke of his pride in Dubovie.
“It’s a shame it wasn’t our year – but I think the UK should be very proud of Josh and he should be very proud of himself,” he said.
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