Robbie Williams has a secret ambition to perform in the Eurovision Song Contest.
The former Take That star's desire to take part has been revealed by the BBC's semi-final commentator and Radio One DJ Scott Mills, who said that the 44-year-old is “considering” competing in the contest in the future.
It’s been 21 years since the UK last won the event with Katrina and the Waves singing Love Shine a Light in 1997.
Speaking to The Sun, Mills said: “I asked Robbie not so long ago if he’d do it and he said he was considering it.
“He is a fan and I don’t think he was joking. He’d be awesome as he’s an amazing performer.
“All it would take is for one big performer or person like him for other stars to go, ‘OK, I’m doing it’ to immediately change the perception of Eurovision [in the UK].”
Scott, who presented this year’s semi-finals with Rylan Clark-Neal, says if other big names came forward for the event, we could win again in the future—but admitted it “could take a while”.
“If everyone saw Eurovision in the way that countries like Sweden and the Scandinavian artists do, then big artists will go, ‘Actually, it’s not a shameful thing to be part of’, he said.
“We could win in the future – it just needs a slight mindset change, which I think is happening, but it could still take a while.”
This year saw Israel win Eurovision, with Netta singing her quirky number Toy.
Next year’s contest is likely to be held in Jerusalem.
UK entry SuRie—whose live performance was interrupted by a stage invader (see below)—came 24th out of 26.