Kitty Brucknell has revealed the BBC barred her from singing at Eurovision because she appeared on X-Factor. The Swiss Eurovision hopeful also revealed that the BBC approached her before she was snubbed.
“Because I was on The X Factor, the BBC won’t entertain the idea of having me. They’ve said, not officially, but unofficially, ‘No, you were on The X Factor‘. I think it’s a conflict of interests with The Voice, so I’ve heard. I’ve asked a lot of people.”
Andy Abraham the runner-up of series 2 did represent the UK in 2008 but finished last in Belgrade. He was the first and to date is the last X-Factor act to have sung in the ESC.
Kitty is currently bidding to represent Switzerland in Vienna with “Yearning”, which you can hear below. And she says she’s happy to be part of the Swiss national selection process.
“The UK doesn’t take it seriously and they don’t want to win, so I’m happy to fly the flags for two countries. I can represent Switzerland, which seems like a cool country, and I can represent the UK in a weird way and people can vote for me.”
Asked on whether she has ever visited the country, she replied:
“No! It’s too expensive! It’s about £5 a cup of coffee! My grandad was educated there and it was his favourite country, so that’s kind of cool.”
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Source: Digital Spy