Duncan James claims representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest is a dream come true for him.
The 33-year-old performer, who will fly the flag for the UK with his reformed Blue bandmates - Lee Ryan, Antony Costa and Simon Webbe, has been an enthusiastic follower of all things Eurovision for quite some time.
"As a kid it was a very big thing in my family - we used to watch it every single year religiously," he said.
"I remember Michael Ball representing us in 1992 and he came second. It was really exciting when the votes came in because we nearly won. And when we won with Katrina And The Waves, that was a fantastic feeling."
Despite the cynical view of the music competition in this country, Duncan insisted: "It's something I'm really proud of. If people in the UK knock it or say it's cheesy, then that's their issue. But me and the boys, we're really excited."
The boy band could face tuneless X Factor twins Jedward in the final on May 14.
Duncan admitted: "They could do very well. They are a gimmicky act and I think Eurovision has moved on from the gimmicky acts personally, but you never know.
"Jedward connected with everyone in our country, we all fell in love with them, so Europe might fall in love with them too."