Morrissey in talks for Eurovision

Former Smiths singer Morrissey could represent the UK at the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC has confirmed.

The Mancunian musician first expressed an interest in taking part after Daz Sampson's song, Teenage Life, came fifth from last in the 2006 contest.

“I was horrified but not surprised to see the UK fail,” he said. “Why didn't they ask me?”

The BBC says it is in talks with the singer to write and possibly perform a track for this year's contest in May.

But a spokeswoman for the corporation warned “nothing is confirmed at the moment”.

The BBC has approached several other high-profile acts as it tries to “up the ante on the calibre of artists” taking part in the annual competition, she added.

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