UK Eurovision hopeful Andy Abraham has urged other countries to forget the politics – and vote for a song if they like it. The former X Factor runner-up has been chosen to fly the UK flag in the 53rd contest, to take place in Belgrade, Serbia, on Saturday May 24. The 43-year-old former bin man, who lost out to Shayne Ward in the 2005 X Factor final, was given the thumbs up in a public vote to represent the UK, beating former EastEnder Michelle Gayle with his song Even If. As he attended an awards ceremony in London he said: “I think the other countries need to think of the Eurovision as what it is. It’s a song contest. If they love the song they should vote for it. They really have to change their way of thinking.” He said not everyone was part of the UK political process. “I’m a singer and I write songs. I want them to vote for the song if they love it.” Andy had been overwhelmed at the response to his selection for Eurovision and described the UK audience as ‘fantastic’, saying: “They believed in the same way that I believe that my song is good enough to represent the UK in Europe.”