The UK has been doing extremely well at the Eurovision Song Contest after all – but for other countries.
We can reveal a British record producer has been secretly churning out hits for other nations.
Denis Ingoldsby even won it in 2008 with Russia’s Dima Bilan and was involved with the Ukraine’s entry Ani Lorak, who came second that year.
One Eurovision insider said the fact the BBC had not approached him to write songs was “madness”.
The source told The Mirror: “We are sitting on a Eurovision hits machine but are blindly choosing songs that are never going to work.”
Ingoldsby was executive producer for Bilan’s song Believe and was also the publisher behind Lorak’s hit Shady Lady in the 2008 competition.
He also came ninth with the Lithuanian entry Donny Montell in 2016, who ironically got a maximum 12 points from the UK.
The same year our entry – Joe and Jake – limped home in 24th place.
Incredibly, Ingoldsby once offered his services to the BBC but did not hear back. A source said: “It’s crazy when you think of it.
“We are successful at Eurovision… but for everyone else instead.”
The hitmaker has also worked with Michael Jackson and was snapped with him and actress Brooke Shields at the Grammy Awards in 1993.
As well as once offering his services, Ingoldsby even helped set up a Eurovision meeting with Andrew Lloyd-Webber and Vladimir Putin for the BBC, according to a source.
In 2008, Ingoldsby used his contacts to help secure Lloyd-Webber, who was then overseeing the United Kingdom entrant Jade Ewen, a meeting with the Russian Premier.
It followed claims of “bloc voting” with the Russian entry the year before having received the maximum 12 points from former Soviet states Armenia, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Ukraine. The interview was shown on BBC1.
The source said: “In return for his help setting up the meeting, Ingoldsby’s act Bilan was allowed to perform on the English Eurovision final.
“But he was also happy to facilitate the meeting because he really cares about the UK and its chances of doing well. He would have our best interests at heart and it’s crazy the BBC has not approached him, despite clearly knowing who he is.”
As well as Eurovision, Ingoldsby produced and signed Dina Carroll, who went on to sell millions of albums, as well as girl group Eternal, who scored huge success in the 90s.
After Bilan’s win at Eurovision, he was approached by other countries to try and replicate his success.
James Newman, this year’s UK’s Eurovision entry, was awarded nul points and finished in last place with his performance of Embers in the Netherlands in May.
Italy won it with glam rockers Måneskin.
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