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Published on March 1st, 2010 | by Christian Cawley

Barrowman:I Turned Down Eurovision

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!

Torchwood and Doctor Who actor John BarrowmanIn 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!

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A long-term Doctor Who fan, Christian grew up watching the show and has early memories of the Graham Williams era. His favourite stories are Inferno, The Seeds of Doom and Human Nature (although The Empty Child, Blink and Utopia all come close). When he’s not bossing around the news team, Christian is a freelance writer specialising in mobile technology and domestic computing, and enjoys classic rock, cooking and spending time in the countryside with his wife and young children. You can find him on Twitter, Facebook and Google+.



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