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04-02-04, 17:16
UK Eurovision hopefuls unveiled

The singers who hope to turn around Britain's disastrous result at last year's Eurovision Song Contest have been unveiled.

The six acts in the running to represent the UK in May include an assortment of former boy band members and finalists from TV talent shows.

The performers - Enrap-ture, Haifa, James Fox, Hyrise, Madison Taylor and Haydon - will compete against each other for the public vote which will decide who should go to the contest in Turkey.

The new primetime BBC show, presented by Terry Wogan, has been designed to avoid a humiliating repeat of last year, when unknown band Jemini scored "nil points", the worst result in 47 years.

Composers who previously worked with Blue, Christina Aguilera, Westlife, Ronan Keating, and Cher, have written five songs for the artists - and a sixth has come through the traditional route of the British Academy.

The Show, entitled Eurovison: Making Your Mind Up, after Bucks Fizz's winning song in 1981, will also feature an expert panel to give guidance on who might ultimately find success in Istanbul.

A results show will take place later in the evening and the winner of the public vote will have their song commercially released.

The show's executive producer Bea Ballard said: "We know what we can achieve as a nation when we pull together so let's get behind our performers, pick the right one and give them the best change of winning."

Story filed: 14:53 Wednesday 4th February 2004

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