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Bill Bailey writing new tune for Eurovision Song Contest 2022

The Strictly champion has some big ideas (Photo by Matthew Baker/Getty Images)

Bill Bailey is writing a song for next year’s ‘Eurovision Song Contest’.

The 55-year-old comedian initially said he would ‘be happy to throw [his] hat in the ring’ to pen a tune for next year’s singing competition, and he has now revealed he is putting pen to paper on a song to submit as a potential UK entry.

According to RadioTimes.com, he said: ‘Yes, do you know what? I was writing [a Eurovision song] today. This very day … because I just thought, why not? Come on, we’ve not been doing well lately.’

It comes after James Newman scored nul points at the song contest last month with his track Embers, and Bill – who delighted viewers as he won Strictly Come Dancing last year – thinks the UK need more fun in their lyrics.

He added: ‘It couldn’t have gone worse. We need to inject a bit of fun, I think.’

Bill – known for his musicianship and comedy skills – first shared his interest in writing a song last month on Twitter.

epa09221624 James Newman from the United Kingdom with the song 'Embers' performs during the Grand Final of the 65th annual Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) at the Rotterdam Ahoy arena, in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, 22 May 2021. Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, only a limited number of visitors is allowed at the 65th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC2021) that is taking place in an adapted form at the Rotterdam Ahoy. EPA/Sander Koning / POOL *** Local Caption *** 50359766

James Newman failed to receive a single point at Eurovision 2021
(Picture: EPA)

He wrote: ‘I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring for #Eurovision 2022 (sic)’

The TV star’s tweet received an enthusiastic response from stand-up comedian Jack Whitehall.

In response to Bill’s message, he said: ‘Please make this happen.’

However, Bill admitted his efforts have already been rubbished by the BBC after he previously submitted a song entry which was deemed ‘too silly’ for the competition.

He explained: ‘A few years ago I sent in an entry to Eurovision and it was a spoof anthem, the BBC said it’s too silly. This taking it seriously, that’s not going well either, is it?’

Asked how he would approach Eurovision, he explained: ‘There’s always something on my mind, a rock song, I don’t know. We’re not taking it seriously enough.

‘We’ve got it the wrong way around. We should focus on the visuals of it, make it into a huge celebration of Britishness with some great hooks.’

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