X Factor star eyes Eurovision glory

The X Factor’s Andy Abraham and former chart-topper Michelle Gayle are two of the acts hoping to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2008, it has been confirmed. The two solo stars will go head-to-head with four other acts in Eurovision: Your Decision on BBC One in March, when viewers will decide who to send to the 53rd ceremony in Belgrade. Eurovision veteran Terry Wogan will be joined by Claudia Winkleman to host the two-part contest as six acts split into three categories vie for the coveted prize. Also hoping to represent the UK will be girl groups The Revelations, and lively pop duo LoveShy, whose members Emma Beard and Aimee Kearsley met on reality TV show Popstars: The Rivals in 2002. Fellow reality show stars Rob McVeigh and Simona Armstrong will each be hoping for success after impressing the public on the BBC’s Joseph and Maria talent searches. In the first show, all six acts will perform and a panel of three judges will decide which act from each category will go through to the next round to compete for the public vote. The judges will also pick a ‘wildcard’ and all four acts will return for the second show. The two acts with the fewest public votes will leave the competition and the remaining two will sing again for their chance to go to Belgrade. Eurovision: Your Decision will also feature a performance from Katrina – formerly of Katrina and The Waves – with a new remix of her 1997 Eurovision winning hit Love Shine a Light. Terry Wogan said: “A turkey is one of the contenders for this year’s Irish entry; for the past few years, we’ve been picking a turkey for the UK. “Let’s hope that the British public will make the right decision this year, and give the UK’s entry a fighting chance against the Eastern Bloc, in Belgrade in May.”