Blue 'confident' of Eurovision bid
Members of reformed boy band Blue have revealed they are confident about their Eurovision Song Contest bid - and claim the UK will not be hearing the dreaded ring of "nil points" this year.
At an event to launch the group's song I Can, band member Simon Webbe declared: "I'm not getting nil points!"
"We'd like to say that the Eurovision is not about the political side, it's about music and what music does is bring a wide audience of people together from different genres of music, Webbe said.
"People just want to have fun on the night and we're hoping politics won't get in the way."
Fellow band member Lee Ryan said he believes the new voting system could help the group's quest to claim the top spot.
This year the scores will be calculated with 50% of viewer's votes and 50% of votes from a national jury of music professionals.
Blue will be performing I Can, a self-written electric pop song with catchy lyrics which Ryan described as "very powerful and very strong".
They will compete against pop twins Jedward who are Ireland's entry with a song Ryan said is "Britney-esque with an American pop feel to it".
Blue's Antony Costa said: "If we come up against them, great, if they beat us, fine, if they don't and we beat them, brilliant."
The band, who had three number one albums after forming in 2000, said they hope flying the flag for the UK in Dusseldorf, Germany in May will help launch them back into the UK pop scene.