February 22, 2007 11:59

Morrissey says 'no' to Eurovision

The Smith will not be taking part

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Morrissey has finally answered to the rumours and confirmed that he will not be taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

At the beginning of the year the BBC made a surprise announcement that they had been in talks with the former frontman with The Smiths.

It was looking likely that Morrissey may enter the competition, representing the UK in Helsinki.

A BBC Eurovision spokesperson was quick to dampen suggestions that the former Smith would take part, telling The Independent: "We were in discussions with him and other artists, and he had been genuinely interested, but the timing wasn’t right."

They added the singer may have been put off by the public vote that chooses the UK's entry.

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