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Last Updated: Friday, 20 May, 2005, 13:08 GMT 14:08 UK
UK Eurovision star's throat worry
UK Eurovision singer Javine
Javine's song Touch My Fire is a 25/1 shot to win the contest
Javine, the UK Eurovision Song Contest entrant, was forced to cancel media interviews on Friday after suffering a sore throat ahead of Saturday's show.

But her team says it is not serious and are confident she will still take part.

A spokeswoman said she was "confident that the show will go on". The final in Kiev will be broadcast on Saturday on BBC One and Radio 2 from 2000 BST.

But BBC News's Michael Osborn said the singer was struggling with her voice during her first dress rehearsal.

"She lost her voice on a couple of key notes," he said after her performance on Friday afternoon.

"It was alright but there was a bit of a sound problem," Javine told the BBC as she left the arena.

"I hope it will be better this evening," she added.

She will have a final dress rehearsal at 1900 BST on Friday.

On Saturday Javine will perform for the public vote against singers from 23 other countries.

EUROVISION FAVOURITES
Norway's Eurovision entrant Wig Wam
Greece - 13/8
Norway (above) - 3/1
Hungary - 8/1
Malta - 11/1
Switzerland - 12/1
Bosnia & Herzegovina - 12/1
Source: William Hill
The final line-up was decided in a semi-final on Thursday in which Ireland, who have won the contest more times than any other country, got knocked out.

Irish siblings Donna and Joseph McCaul's performance of their song Love failed to win over the voting European public.

Javine's career began after she narrowly lost out on a place in reality TV band Girls Aloud.

Her Eurovision song, Touch My Fire, is a 25/1 shot with bookmakers to win the contest.

"I can't see myself coming last," she has said. "I know I'm going to be in the top 10."

Greece are favourites at 13/8, followed by Norway and Hungary.

The four largest countries - the UK, France, Germany and Spain - plus last year's top 10 did not have to go through the semi-final.

Eurovision is one of Europe's major TV events, with more than 150 million people expected to watch the final.

The winner is determined by telephone voting in 39 countries. This year's contest marks the event's 50th anniversary.


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