UK Eurovision entrant Josh Dubovie is 'still smiling'


The teenager who represented the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest has said he is "still smiling" despite coming last in the competition.

Josh Dubovie, 19, from Basildon in Essex, scored just 10 points with a song penned by Pete Waterman.

Dubovie said it had been "a privilege to represent the UK" and one of the best experiences of his life.

Acts from 25 countries took part in the event. It was won by Germany, whose entrant Lena scored 246 points.

Turkey's MaNga came in second place, with Romania third and Denmark fourth.

This is the third time the UK has finished in the bottom spot in the past eight years, following on from Jemini in 2003 and Andy Abraham in 2008.

Dubovie, who was chosen to represent the UK after securing the most public votes on Your Country Needs You! on BBC One in March, said: "This has been one of the best experiences of my life no matter where I've come in the contest.

"It's been a privilege to represent the UK, I will keep performing and I'm still smiling."

Dubovie's song - That Sounds Good to Me - was written by Pete Waterman and Mike Stock, best known for churning out hits for the likes of Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan in the 1980s.

Waterman and co-composers Mike Stock and Steve Crosby said they were "proud" of Dubovie, adding that he performed the song "brilliantly" and "did a fantastic job for the UK".

Similarly, Graham Norton, who commentated on the event for BBC viewers, said: "The UK should be very proud of Josh and he should be very proud of himself."

The contest, watched by an estimated 150 million people, was held at the Telenor Arena in Oslo, Norway.

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