In an interview in The Telegraph, Torchwood star John Barrowman revealed he turned down the chance to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest!
Of course, the Captain Jack Harkness actor is promoting something – his self-titled album is out March 1 on Arista!
In the interview – which features scant mention of Torchwood – conversation turns to Barrowman’s relationship with musical supremo Andrew Lloyd Webber, how he will never play The Phantom of the Opera and one of his other favourite subjects – the Eurovision Song Contest.
“I was asked to sing two years ago, and I considered it, but the reason I didn’t do it was because of all of the politics. No matter how good the song was, you’d be nil points. Also, a lot of people are trying to treat it like The X Factor and American Idol. But it’s Eurovision and we’re not going to create a pop star out of Eurovision.”
Given that Barrowman was on Saturday night TV almost constantly from Christmas through to July in 2008 with his own show, the Oliver! talent search and Doctor Who, this might have been represented a period of more TV exposure than that endured by David Tennant over Christmas 2009!