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James wins MPs' Euro vote
James Fox
James Fox said performing at the Commons was surreal
Europe has finally united MPs in the House of Commons, with "Britain's entry" getting cross-party support ahead of next month's Eurovision Song Contest.

Welsh singer James Fox got 'nil points' of order in the Commons dining room, with MPs getting a rendition of his song, Hold Onto Our Love.

James, 28, from Bargoed, was invited to give a performance by Caerphilly MP Wayne David.

James said it was "surreal but brilliant experience" to play at the House.

"I got a great reception - it was an honour to be invited," he said.

Mr David added: "I'm delighted. James is determined to put us on the musical map."

The audience for his six songs also included Welsh MPs Lembit Opik, Dai Havard and Hywel Francis.

The former Fame Academy contestant finished off his performance with the Eurovision single, released this week, ahead of the final in Istanbul on 15 May.

He follows US soul singer Alicia Keys, who sang for MPs in their Westminster office block two years ago after being invited by Labour MP David Lammy.

POLITICIANS' EUROVISION HITS
Making Your Mind Up - Brotherhood Of Man
Let Me Be The One - The Shadows
Power To All Our Friends - Cliff Richard
What's Another Year? - Johnny Logan
A Man Without Love - Kenneth McKellar

South Wales' Jack Brown bookmakers are offering odds of 10/1 on James becoming the first performer from Wales to win the contest.

Sweden are the current favourites, 30 years on from Abba winning with Waterloo.

There are also odds of 20/1 on Cardiff being the venue for next year's show.

Karl Williams of Jack Brown said: "James has a good song and it won the British heat convincingly - so it's certainly worth an each-way bet, I can't see it finishing outside the top four.

"Watch out for Ireland, they always come up with a gem and they take it seriously. But Eurovision is very political, Britain is a little bit out in the cold."

James follows in the footsteps of Welsh performers, famous for finishing second.

Pontardawe-born Mary Hopkin came second with "Knock, Knock, Who's There?" in 1970 to Ireland's Dana, while Wales had to wait until 1992 for Michael Ball to compete, who again was runner-up.

More recently, Jessica Garlick, from Kidwelly, just missed out in 2002 with "Come Back."

What seems certain is that James will do better than last year's British entry, Jemini, who infamously finished on "nil points" after suffering "technical problems".

You'll get 1,000/1 on that happening again.




SEE ALSO:
Fox chosen as Eurovision hopeful
29 Feb 04  |  Entertainment
Wales' Eurovision hopefuls
28 Feb 04  |  Wales
James is latest Academy eviction
21 Sep 03  |  Entertainment


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