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Old 01-12-2007, 09:27 AM   #4
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MORRISSEY, famed for penning some of British pop music's most melancholy songs, is being lined up to represent Britain in the Eurovision song contest, usually seen as a celebration of all things kitsch and trite.

The former lead singer of The Smiths, whose hits include That Joke Isn't Funny Anymore and Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now, revealed he wanted to take part after Britain's disappointing performance last year.

"Morrissey expressed an interest way back last year in writing for the contest and since then we have been in talks with him," a BBC spokeswoman said today.

She said no decision had yet been made and there were also discussions with other artists taking place. It was also unclear whether Morrissey would perform or merely write the song.

Britain's entry last year, rapper Daz Sampson, came only 19th out of 24 countries, faring slightly better than Jemini's 2003 offering which failed to win a single vote.

Finnish rockers Lordi, attired in monster-themed costumes, were the surprise winners with Hard Rock Hallelujah, watched by an estimated 100 million viewers across Europe.

The contest that launched the careers of ABBA and Celine Dion is regarded in Britain as something of a joke, because it traditionally attracted entrants with strange hairstyles and over-the-top outfits, singing cheesy songs with catchy choruses.

It would seem an unlikely platform for Morrissey whose angst-ridden lyrics won The Smiths an army of fans during the 1980s.

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