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Monday, 21 January, 2002, 12:58 GMT
ITV reporter on Eurovision trail
Jonathan Maitland
Maitland is on the hunt for fame and fortune
An ITV journalist has made it to the last eight in A Song For Europe - the competition that chooses the UK's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest.

Jonathan Maitland, who reports for Tonight with Trevor McDonald, recorded the song, called I Give In, for his new book, How to Make a Million From a Pop Band.

It's rare for someone outside the industry to get this far

Gary Osborne, British Academy
It was entered alongside some 600 others in autumn 2001 and, after a series of judging panels organised by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters and the BBC, has reached the semi-finals.

All the songs are heard and judged anonymously.

Click here to see the eight finalists

Mr Maitland, 40, is a guitarist with Surf 'n' Turf, a "wedding and bar mitzvah band" with his brother Peter and singer Jackie Collins.

The trio are said to have recorded the track in a makeshift studio attached to a friend's outdoor lavatory.

Lindsay Dracass
The UK's Lindsay D: Came 15th in 2001
The song will now be judged by BBC Radio 2 listeners when the semi-finalists are played on the Terry Wogan and Ken Bruce shows between 28 and 31 January.

The four chosen songs will then go to another public vote on a BBC TV programme on 3 March - from which the UK entry will emerge.

Lyricist Gary Osborne - who has worked with Elton John, Kiki Dee and Justin Hayward and is the British Academy's Eurovision representative - told BBC News Online: "Maitland's song has got where it's got totally on its own merits.

"It's rare for someone outside the industry to get this far, though Hale and Pace got some way with a song of theirs a few years back."

And Mr Osborne had kind words for BBC Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles, who also entered this year's contest anonymously.


"Chris Moyles and Comedy Dave entered a good song.

"It was obviously done tongue-in-cheek, because the lyric purposely listed every cliché you could imagine.

"But if the lyric had been less laughable, it probably would've gone through to the final eight too," he said.

The winning song will represent the UK on 25 May 2002 in Tallinn, Estonia.

The UK will be hoping on a substantial improvement in its Eurovision fortunes, having come 15th in the 2001 contest - after finishing 16th in 2000.

The Song For Europe finalists:

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Come Back composed by Martyn Baylay
D J Romeo composed by Bea Eden, Simon Stirling and James Gordon
Every Step Of The Way composed by Graham Kearns and Howard New
Fade Away composed by Stuart Hanna and Alistair Griffin
I Give In composed by Jonathan Maitland, Jackie Collins and Peter Maitland
Lovestruck composed by Ben Copland, Yvonne John Lewis, Nicky Cooke and Phil Dane
Never In A Million Years composed by Mark Jiggens and Zee Asha
When You're Around composed by Ben Copland and Martin Bushell

See also:

23 May 01 | Music
Estonia's Eurovision worry
13 May 01 | Reviews
Another year, another Eurovision
04 May 01 | Music
No Dream Impossible for Lindsay
25 Apr 01 | Music
Malta going for Eurovision gold
12 Mar 01 | Entertainment
Schoolgirl bids for Eurovision glory
09 Mar 01 | Entertainment
Breaking the Eurovision mould
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