Sir Terry Wogan apologised for his Eurovision gaffe on Monday, but refused to take the blame.

Confusion reigned on Saturday night’s Making Your Mind Up show when Sir Terry announced that French singer Cyndi had won.

Seconds later his co-host Fearne Cotton confirmed that pop band Scooch were the actual winners.

Sir Terry joked on his Radio 2 breakfast show this morning: “I’m thinking of getting in touch with Andrew Flintoff. We could do a double act.”

He told listeners: “I suppose I should make a little apology to Cyndi – although I’m not taking the blame for this – because I was the one who did say Cyndi had won.

“And, if she’s listening, my apologies for raising your hopes at the last minute, which was inadvertent and I’m sorry.”

He added: “It probably wouldn’t do her career any harm, either. She’s a fine singer.”

Four-piece group Scooch will represent the UK at the Eurovision in May with their song Flying The Flag (For You).

Sir Terry said: “I shall be cheering them on in Helsinki. Scooch were the clear winners. Just ignore what you hear old fools say.”

BBC director-general Mark Thompson sought to make light of the blunder.

Referring to the TV phone lines scandal, he told BBC1’s Sunday AM programme: “I think they were trying so hard to get the phones right that something else must have gone wrong.

“I’ll find out tomorrow morning exactly what, but whoever’s fault it was I’m sure it wasn’t Terry Wogan’s.”