Bumpy ride: Euro votes brought UK entry Scooch
down to earth with a bang; Spec-tacular: Marija
, who crashed to second-last place at this year's Eurovision Song Contest, the British team beat their singing rivals hands-down.
had been well backed to finish last and Hills go 6-4 that the UK finish in the top half in any of the next five years.
BRITAIN'S Eurovision flag was flying at half mast tonight after Scooch
scored a dismal 19 points in the competition.
Air crew-style outfit Scooch
had hoped to make an impression in Helsinki with their camp song Flying The Flag.
I THINK we're a Eurovision act and it's a Eurovision song," declares Scooch
member Russ Spencer confidently.
But she has been caught up in a row with British Eurovision entrants Scooch
, who she described as an 'embarrassment' and 'really ***' in a video blog on her website.
On BBC1's Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up, she was up against favourite Justin Hawkins, the former frontman of glam rock band The Darkness, ex-East 17 star Brian Harvey, Top 10 hip-hop group Big Brovaz, modern day Bucks Fizz pop quartet Scooch
and newcomer Cyndi, who is French.
Andy Abrahams, 2008, qualified on (a), Scooch
, 2007, on (b), Blue, 2011, on (c) and now Tyler on all of them.
From 1976 winners Brotherhood of Man to Scooch
, acts from across Europe took to the stage in a treat for music fans, young and old.
And new for 2009, David Ducasse, of the pop-group Scooch
will play Dandini.
Eurovision duo Russ Spencer and Caroline Barnes from Scooch
, Roy Brandon, and the Honey Monster also star.
He was the spiky blond haired singer in Scooch
, dressed bizarrely in blue cabin crew uniforms and cavorting around to Flying The Flag, sadly they were grounded by the international juries.
This is very, very silly (in a way Scooch
wasn't) and could do very, very well (in a way Scooch
may have bombed at the Eurovision no-contest but they still get your votes and stay at No.