Jade to judge Eurovision hopefuls
Published 05/03/2010 | 12:16
Jade Ewen is to help judge acts vying to sing for the UK at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest.
Four solo singers, one all-girl trio and a five-piece group will perform live for the chance to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo, Norway, this May.
Jade, who performed for the UK last year and is now a member of the Sugababes, will join a panel including Strictly Come Dancing judge Bruno Tonioli and Pete Waterman, with the winner being decided by a public vote.
One contestant, 18-year-old Karen, has previously beaten X Factor winner Joe McElderry in a singing competition.
Graham Norton, the Your Country Needs You! host and BBC One's Eurovision commentator, said: "If any man can second guess European musical tastes surely that man is Pete Waterman. I can't wait to get to Oslo and see the competition. Fingers crossed we can build on last year's success.
"Here's to all the usual fun, glamour, and madness of Eurovision, this year with the added extra of a faint whiff of pickled herring."
Waterman is producing this year's entry with his long-time hit making collaborator Mike Stock.
Waterman said: "So far we've got the song and we've got six acts - now all we're waiting for is the public to get behind the search for the UK entry and then we can really get to work. But we're in it together and myself and Mike Stock are proud to be involved."
:: The hopefuls will compete in Your Country Needs You! on Friday March 12 at 8.30pm on BBC One.