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Duo's bid for Eurovision glory
BBC star Terry Wogan with Song for Europe winners Jemini
Terry Wogan congratulates Jemini on their win
This year's UK Eurovision entry has been selected after a live TV vote.

Liverpudlian act Jemini beat off competition from seven other regional finalists in the poll on Sunday in which more than 100,000 votes were cast.

Chris Crosbey, 21, and Jemma Abbey, 20, have been performing together for two and a half years and won viewers' hearts with their song Cry Baby on the BBC's Song For Europe.

"We wanted this so badly, we're over the moon," said Ms Abbey after the song was declared the winner.

We're going to go all the way
Jemini's Chris Crosbey

She said she believed they had a good chance of winning the competition.

Ms Abbey said: "We definitely stand a chance in Eurovision - the song's brilliant. There are going to be big parties to celebrate."

The pair met at the Starlight Performing Arts School in Liverpool, when they were 15 .

They have been singing together in bars and doing cabaret in the city since 2001, waiting for their big break.

Mr Crosbey said: "We're going to go all the way.

Song for Europe winners Jemini
The winning song is called Cry Baby

"We've always had confidence and fingers crossed we're going to bring it home for the UK.

"We're really looking forward to it and have had a ball so far."

Cry Baby was written and composed by Martin Isherwood and is described as a "very Eurovision, poppy song" by the band.

The pair are managed by Martin O'Shea, who also manages Atomic Kitten.

Mr Crosbey is friends with Natasha Hamilton from the group who immediately called him to congratulate the duo on their win.

We were ringing in and voting all through the show and we're dead, dead proud
Atomic Kitten's Liz McClarnon

Fellow Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon went straight to the BBC television studios in west London to congratulate Jemini as soon as she heard the news.

"I had to come down today because we're so proud of them," she said.

"We all voted for them. We were ringing in and voting all through the show and we're dead, dead proud."

The UK has won the Eurovision Song Contest five times, the last occasion was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves entry, Love Shine a Light.

Last year, the UK entry, Jessica Garlick's Come Back, finished joint third.

Eurovision 2003 takes place in Riga, Latvia on 24 May and will be broadcast live on BBC One with Terry Wogan providing the commentary.


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