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Chatham's Lee Ryan bidding for Eurovision glory

By Danny Boyle
Chatham-born singer Lee Ryan (far left) has been depicted in the cartoon Boo and Me with his Blue band mates
Chatham-born singer Lee Ryan (far left) has been depicted in the cartoon Boo and Me with his Blue band mates
Lee Ryan
Lee Ryan

Chatham's Lee Ryan has been immortalised in a cartoon ahead of his performance at the Eurovision Song Contest.

The 27-year-old singer, pictured left, will represent the nation with boy band Blue in Dusseldorf, Germany, on Saturday.

The whole group has been depicted in the children's television cartoon Boo and Me. The animation features Blue performing their entry for this year's Eurovision, I Can, at a charity concert in London's O2 Arena.

Ryan, who was born in All Saints Hospital, Chatham and attended Chatham Grammar School for Boys, said: "It's so exciting seeing the band become cartoon characters.

"It's something we've always talked about doing since we first got together so to see the finished result is a real thrill."

It is the first time since Katrina and the Waves won in 1997 that Britain has opted for an established name for the contest.

Blue was formed in 2000 and is best known for songs All Rise, Guilty and Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word, a duet with Elton John that went to number one in 2002.

The band split in 2005 to pursue solo careers. Antony Costa appeared in Beauty and the Beast at The Central Theatre, Chatham in 2008.

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