Popular Lebanese singer Mika, who currently lives in the United Kingdom, has said that he's planning to enter a song for the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 – for Lebanon.
Mika is currently dealing with his speed to stardom after his debut hit Grace Kelly reached number 1 in the UK singles charts and is currently due for release all over the continent.
Mika claims that "the songs in the contest at the moment are rubbish", and wants to "raise the level" by entering a song for Lebanon himself.
Lebanon came close to entering in 2005, with Aline Lahoud even picked to sing the song Quand tout s'enfuit. However, due to a mix of financial and political reasons, Télé Liban had to withdraw after the final deadline, meaning that Lebanon theoretically has a 3 year ban – meaning the earliest Lebanon could return to the contest would be in 2009. However, there are other, more affluent Lebanese television stations – such as LBC and Future Television – who could perhaps join the EBU in the meantime, possibly creating a loophole in the rules.