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Josh Dubovie


Josh James Dubovie (born 27 November 1990) is a British singer. Dubovie is most notable for having represented the UK at the 2010 Eurovision Song Contest, held in Oslo, Norway, in May 2010, after winning the UK national selection competition with "That Sounds Good to Me", a song by Mike StockPete Waterman and Steve Crosby.

Dubovie, from Laindon, performed with StageAbility, an after-school stage club, from age nine. At age 15, he played Enjolras in a school production of Les Misérables with the Essex Group. For this role he saw a vocal coach as he had no previous experience of singing. He attended The Billericay School and studied for A levels in Music TechnologyDrama and English Literature. In 2008 he won the Blues Idol competition, and has also won Voice of St Lukes contest and Billericay's Got Talent.

Prior to auditioning for Your Country Needs You, he applied for a part on E4 TV series Skins 3rd series and was short-listed for the role of Freddie Mclair.

When Dubovie left school, his father, Richard, decided to manage him and has got him the majority of his professional work.

On 12 March 2010, Dubovie won Eurovision: Your Country Needs You! with "That Sounds Good to Me". He said, "The minute I heard the song I thought it was a definite winner, I'm so happy I'm going to sing it in Oslo." and "I really believe I can go on to win the Eurovision Song Contest for us." He sang "Too Many Broken Hearts" by Jason Donovan to get into the final three chosen by Waterman, and he also took part in the ABBA medley with the others. After that performance Waterman described his voice as "perfect" while suggesting more "excitement" should be added to his dancing and Tonioli told him he had "an incredible talent". As he represented a "big four" country, Dubovie automatically qualified for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 on 29 May. Accumulating a total of 10 points during the voting process, Dubovie finished last in the competition.

In March 2013 Dubovie's solo act was rebranded 'Josh James', with his musical style shifting towards RnB and Dance to be more in-line with the current mainstream music trends.

In an October 2013 interview he explained that Internet searches for "Josh Dubovie" produced countless references to Eurovision, so a name change was needed to help him move beyond the contest. "I wanted people to know what I'm doing now," he said. His debut song as Josh James, titled "Game Over", was made available via free download in March 2013. An accompanying music video was released in July 2013.

Dubovie hosted the ESC News 2013 'Heart Campaign', which was broadcast live via online radio. The event saw the première of "Game Over", and featured other performers associated with Eurovision such as Emmelie de Forest (who won the Heart Campaign), plus Annsofi Pettersen & Lys Assia as part of the show's jury.

Josh now describes himself as an entrepreneur - Mindset Coach - Dad - Partner - Musician - Dreamer and Believer!

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