Blue will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Dusseldorf with the self penned song, I Can . They will also record a one-hour documentary following them on the road to Germany. The band's appointment with their own song means that for the first time since joining the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957, the British public will not have a hand in deciding the act or song that represents the country.
BBC Head of Entertainment and Events Katie Taylor says "We're enormously pleased to have found an act that not only meets but exceeds all the criteria for a great entry. Blue are the perfect choice and we're so proud to have them representing us at this year's Eurovision Song Contest."
Lee adds: "We're excited to be performing again in the UK and Europe and hope that the fans who supported us before will embrace our new songs".
Simon says: "I've always wanted to represent my country, so this is a truly exciting experience for Blue". You can read Anthony and Duncan's comments here.
Blue have racked up more than 13,000,000 CD sales across Europe and have toured extensively. 2011 marks their 10th anniversary. In that time, Anthony Costa has attempted to enter the Eurovision Song Contest and Duncan James has been a panelist at British finals and read out the United Kingdom's votes in 2009.
As one of the Big Five countries, Blue will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest final on May 14th 2011