Simon Cowell wants to win the Eurovision Song Contest.
The music mogul – who has already appeared on the judging panel for a host of TV talent shows as well as masterminding the career of many pop stars – is keen to add to his reputation by entering the winning song in the annual competition.
Pete Waterman – who appeared alongside Simon as a judge on ‘Pop Idol’ and is writing this year’s UK entry – told Radio Times magazine: “I have a sneaky suspicion this will needle him more than anything else I’ve done. The one thing he’s always wanted to do is Eurovision.”
A singer for the song will be found next month through BBC show ‘Your Country Needs You’ and Pete is keen to do better than last year’s Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber’s entrant, which came fifth and was sung by now-Sugababes singer Jade Ewen.
Pete – who will write the song with old partner Mike Stock – said: “I wouldn’t be doing it this year if it wasn’t for Webber. At least he failed – I can’t do any worse than he has.”
This year’s contest will take place in Oslo, Norway, on May 29.