John Themis not composing for 2008

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Cypriot composer John Themis has rubbished rumours that he is planning a return to the Eurovision Song Contest with a song for the United Kingdom or Cyprus in Belgrade next year.

Speaking to the London Gazette he the composer of the United Kingdom's 2005 entry said simply, "These rumours are 100% untrue".

Themis is one of the most famous and respected musicians to come from Cyprus and is credited with a string of worldwide hits. Themis' songs appear on albums of Dido, Rod Stewart, Gabrielle, George Michael, Sugababes, Pet Shop Boys, Stevie Wonder, Kylie Minogue and many other artists. He has also worked with two former Eurovision artists, Ofra Haza and Lulu.

Australian born son of Greek Cypriot parents John has spent most of his life in London. He graduated from the Royal Academy Of Music, and jumped straight into pop music and managed to pick up a Grammy nomination along the way. His entry Touch my fire was performed by Javine at the United Kingdom's national final for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2005. The song won the competition in the face of a national campaign by the biggest newspaper, The Sun, to send Jordan (Katie Price to the competition in Kyiv).