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United Kingdom to choose singer tonight

31 January 2009 at 01:00 CET

An anticipated ten million viewers are expected to tune in to the final of Eurovision - Your Country Needs You! this evening.

Over the past three weekends, six acts have been whittled down to three in the battle to determine who will represent the United Kingdom in Moscow in Europe's favourite TV show.

Graham Norton, who will also take over from Terry Wogan in the United Kingdom commentary booth in Moscow, will present the final show this evening.

Jade Ewen, Mark Evans and twins Francine & Nicola Gleadall will go head to head and perform three songs each in their bid for Eurovision Song Contest glory. They will each perform a new popular song they have not sung before, a song that they performed earlier in the series, and then all three will sing their own interpretation of My Time, the song especially written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Diane Warren to represent the United Kingdom in Moscow.

There has been unprecedented interest and positive press coverage for this years United Kingdom national selection, and the high profile involvement of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Diane Warren.

During the past ten years, the United Kingdom has finished in a top ten position only once, in 2002 with Jessica Garlick, and have even suffered the indignity of finishing in last place with zero points in Riga in 2003 with the group Jemini.

It now remains to be seen if all of the considerable efforts made by broadcaster the BBC will be the catalyst to improving the ailing fortunes of the United Kingdom in the 21st Century in the Eurovision Song Contest.