Former DARKNESS frontman Justin Hawkins believes the UK failed to win the Eurovision Song Contest because the act was "rubbish".
The singer - who competed against other acts to represent the UK's entry on the BBC TV programme Making Your Mind Up - says European voters were correct not to crown Scooch the winners.
He says, "I think Scooch lost because they were rubbish.
"The BBC shouldn't have put it forward. It was supposed to be different this year. The clues in the title, Eurovision Song Contest. It should have been a song."
The contest, which took place in Helsinki, Finland, was won by Marija Serifovic from Serbia and watched by an estimated 100 million viewers.
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