The “Murder on The Dancefloor” singer told Radio Times that she was approached to be on the 2019 judging panel, but ultimately declined.
The singer-songwriter explained that there were two reasons she turned down the gig
Ellis Bextor has been an avid fan of the annual pageant since she was a child, but two pageant rules have kept her from going from spectator to judge.
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The singer explained in the Radio Times interview that it came down to a combination of having a young child and having to keep quiet during the show.
“I had a very small baby that I was still feeding, and they wouldn’t let me take him,” the 43-year-old said.
“I’m pretty sure the baby would have been unbiased but, you know what, I think part of what I love about Eurovision is that it really does have its rules… it’s mad.
“We also weren’t going to be allowed to talk while we were watching it, and I was like, ‘I can’t watch Eurovision in silence’.”
Eurovision has been a long tradition in her family since she was “little” and watched the program with her parents as a child.
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“My parents always watched Eurovision and I remember watching it in the 80s when I was in single digits and was quite fascinated by what I was seeing,” she said.
The “political nuances” of Eurovision and Britain’s notorious lack of success were “part of the fun”, she explained.
“We should probably prepare for another ‘zero point’ score,” she said. “There have always been political nuances (in voting), which, again, is part of the fun. We appreciate that, I think.
“That’s part of the reason Britain treats it in an almost ironic way, and I don’t think they’ll ever lose that, but some of the songs that are good can have a life outside of it. ‘Eurovision and be treated as legitimate hits.’
When is the Eurovision Song Contest semi-final?
The first Eurovision semi-final will take place on Tuesday May 10 where all countries will participate except for the Big Five (France, Germany, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom).
Each country will compete in both semi-finals for a chance to claim one of 10 places in Saturday’s final.
The public watches 17 competing songs and you can vote for your favorite song via the official Eurovision Song Contest app.
Full details on how and when to vote will be revealed during the broadcasts.
You can watch the Eurovision semi-finals on BBC Three with Scott Mills and Rylan Clark live from Turin.
The Eurovision semi-final will air at 8 p.m. on BBC Three.
The second semi-final will air on Thursday at the same time and place.
When is the Eurovision Song Contest final?
TikTok star Sam Ryder from Essex is the British entry in the 2022 contest and will represent the country with the pop song Space Man.
The 66th Eurovision Grand Final will take place on Saturday May 14 and will be broadcast live from last year’s winners Italy on BBC One.
Viewers in the UK will be able to watch the program from 8pm on BBC One.