Blue blame politics for Eurovision defeat

Blue's Lee Ryan

(BANG) -

Blue claim they were the victims of political voting during Saturday night's (14.05.11) Eurovision Song Contest.

The band - made up of Duncan James, Lee Ryan, Antony Costa and Simon Webbe - came 11th as they represented the UK with their song 'I Can' at the event in Germany but believe they would have finished higher if countries had voted for the performance rather than their neighbours.

Simon said: "It is often not really about the song but who your neighbours are. But we are proud of what we did."

Following their disappointment, Duncan, Lee and Simon stayed up until 6am, drinking Jaegermeister, champagne and vodka Red Bulls while Antony was so gutted he went straight to bed.

Blue's fellow contestants Jedward - made up of twins John and Edward Grimes - came eighth for their song 'Lipstick' but they haven't ruled out representing Ireland again, like Germany's Lena Meyer-Landrut.

Their manager Louis Walsh said: "We might do a Lena and come back next year."

Meanwhile, Azerbaijanis danced in the street to celebrate their country winning the Eurovision Song Contest.

Thousands of people poured out of their homes after their entry 'Running Scared' - performed by duo Ell and Nikki - was victorious and they are hoping the win will raise the country's profile.

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