It's understandable, the last thing the BBC wants as it attempts to eke out what little Jeremy Hunt has left it with is to have to stage the 2012 Eurovision, but isn't this move making the desire to lose a little obvious?
Pop group Blue will represent the UK in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest, it has been announced.Not even, you'll note, a qualifying round. Not so much as the choice of another song they might have had kicking around.
The group, best known for hits such as One Love and All Rise, will sing their new single I Can for the competition in Dusseldorf, Germany this year.
Kudos to them for going with a song called I Can, though, with its myriad of possible responses: You Won't; You Shouldn't; You Can't.
Simon Webbe is excited:
Simon Webbe of the band said: "I've always wanted to represent my country, so this is a truly exciting experience for Blue."If you wanted to represent your country, couldn't you have taken up Korfball or something?
Still, it's a vital task they're performing for the UK - if they screw up and somehow win it, it's going to be a big knock to next year's Doctor Who budget.
Blue, we're counting on you - go out and do what you do best. Go out there and perform as badly as you've ever performed. Go out there and flop.