Saturday 20 April 2019

Rylan Clark set to represent the UK at next year’s Eurovision?

Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

AXED X Factor contestant Rylan Clarke is being lined up to represent the UK at next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, according to reports.

The camp X Factor star attracted attention through his run on show with over-the-top performances and outfits.

“If the country wanted me to represent them then I'd happily fly the flag," Clark told The Metro.

The singer was blasted on Saturday night’s live show by Gary Barlow as being ‘too Eurovison’ to which Clarke responded: “There’s nothing wrong with a bit of Eurovision Gary!”

Bookmakers William Hill are currently offering odds of 16/1 that Clark will be selected to enter Eurovision.

Only one former X Factor contestant has sang for the UK in the competition – Andy Abraham who finished second to Shayne Ward in the second series came last in 2008 edition of the long running song contest.

Lucan duo and former X Factor contestant’s Jedward represented Ireland in both 2011 and 2012, coming eighth and 19th respectively.

Meanwhile Swedish organisers SVT are believed to be pushing for huge reforms of the competition due to be held in Malmo next year.

A key change already announced is that producers will now determine the running order of the songs, not a random draw.

It is also believed the station is pushing to allow pre-recorded backing vocals and an increase in the permitted number of people on stage, from six to eight.

This follows the trend set in the Swedish national selection ‘Melodifestivalen’, which is seen as the most successful selection show in Europe.

The 2013 Eurovision Song Contest is due to take place in Malmo, Sweden following the victory of Loreen in Azerbaijan earlier this year.

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