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Gaffe mars Scooch Eurovision win

Scooch was in a final "sing-off" with Cyndi

Foursome Scooch have won the contest to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in May, despite a blunder over the announcement of the final winner.

There was confusion in the studio when Making Your Mind Up hosts Terry Wogan and Fearne Cotton simultaneously announced different winners.

Seconds later Cotton said Scooch had won the public vote and not soloist Cyndi - also in the final "sing-off".

A BBC statement later apologised for the gaffe but confirmed Scooch had won.

"This is live TV and unfortunately sometimes these things do happen," it added.

Camp dancing

No explanation was given as to why the show's hosts first announced different winners.

The blunder comes in the wake of the inquiry into the trustworthiness of premium rate phone-ins on TV shows.

The group's airline themed tune Flying The Flag (For You) and camp dance routine beat five other contenders vying for the chance to represent the UK at Eurovision.

Justin Hawkins and Beverlei Brown
Justin Hawkins was the favourite for his duet with Beverlei Brown

They included the bookies' favourite former Darkness frontman Justin Hawkins and Liz McClarnon of Atomic Kitten.

Scooch had a top 10 hit in 2000 with More Than I Need To Know, but split the same year.

Cyndi - full name Cyndi Almouzni - was hoping to represent the UK even though she is French.

Her career began when she won a local talent contest in Marseille aged 14. She went on to sign a record contract in the US while still at school.

This year's Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Helsinki on 12 May.

Last year, Finnish heavy metal band Lordi won in Athens with the UK's Daz Sampson finishing 19th with Teenage Life.

Two guys and two girls haven't done that well in the competition since 1981
Daz Sampson

He said he did not expect Scooch to fare much better.

"I've got more chance and I'm not going. Two guys and two girls haven't done that well in the competition since 1981," he told BBC's Five Live.

However, Katrina Leskanich, the last UK entrant to win, said the group was fun and memorable and she could understand why it was chosen.

The 2007 event's qualifying round will take place on 10 May, in which 28 countries will compete for 10 places in the final.

The UK is the last of 42 countries taking part in this year's contest to select their song.

The UK has a guaranteed berth in the final two days later as one of the biggest financial contributors to the contest, along with France, Germany and Spain.

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