Cory Spedding will represent the United Kingdom at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Lillehammer. Cory won the national final, organised by ITV, with the song The best is yet to come.
Tonight, the British final for the Junior Eurovision Contest 2004 was broadcast on ITV2, hosted by Holly Willoughby and Stephen Mulhern. Eight acts, aged between 8 and 15, performed on a splendid looking stage, competing for a place in the grand final of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest to be held in Lillehammer.
Cory Spedding came out as the winner after an extremely tense voting. Going into the last vote, after the regional votes were given, both Cory Spedding and Andrew Merry had 38 points. The votes cast by mobile phone finally decided that Cory Spedding will represent the United Kingdom in Lillehammer with the ballad The best is yet to come. Cory Spedding is 13 years old and lives in Frizington (Cumbria).
All juries gave 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10 points. These are the final results:
1. 48 points | Cory Spedding – The best is yet to come
2. 46 points | Andrew Merry – Together again
3. 34 points | Nathan Sykes – Born to dance
4. 29 points | Kirsty Williams – Sunshine
5. 24 points | Loaded Dice – Dill
6. 19 points | Jessica Hamilton – Because of you
7. 17 points | Samantha Seth – Rock star wannabe
7. 17 points | Charlie Allen – One in a crowd
The final was broadcast live on ITV2 from the Granada Television Studios in Manchester. For those who missed out, ITV2 repeats the junior final on Sunday at 19:00 local time.