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May wanted Beatles in Eurovision

Queen's Brian May has said his younger self used to wonder why The Beatles didn't enter Eurovision.

Talking at the 60th anniversary of the Ivor Novello Awards, he said: " It's been very patchy, the Eurovision Song Contest. I remember when I was younger thinking, 'why don't The Beatles just put all their songs in there and win all the prizes?'

"I suppose there's a very trite formula to win but there's been some great songs.

"Abba notably scored a success with a song that is immortal. A lot of people say, 'Abba, it's not rock and roll'. But if you write a great song, it's a great song forever."

May spoke about working with singer Adam Lambert, and the likelihood of writing a new Queen album with him.

He said: "We're not looking at that at the moment.

"We're looking at going to Rio in September which is great. We're playing Rocking Rio 30 years after we first opened the festival and they're going to love Adam. So we'll take it from there.

"Adam is promoting his album at the moment, and doing very well."

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