JUSTIN Hawkins, former frontman of glam rock band The Darkness, wants to perform at the Eurovision Song Contest.
The flamboyant singer and guitarist, a former Huddersfield Technical College student, is one of six acts competing to represent the UK in this year's competition.
Former East 17 star Brian Harvey and ex-Atomic Kitten Liz McClarnon will also be vying to take part.
The other three contenders - also announced today - are hip-hop group Big Brovaz, pop quartet Scooch and Cyndi, who is new to the UK music scene.
Only one of the six acts will go to the Finnish capital, Helsinki, for the 52nd annual contest, following a public vote in Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up.
Hawkins slipped into a downward spiral when the popularity of The Darkness started to wane, spending more than £150,000 on cocaine and being admitted into rehab.
He will take to the stage with singer Beverlei Brown.
As duo Hawkins And Brown they will perform They Don't Make 'Em Like They Used To, while former 90s pop band singer Harvey will perform I Can.
Hawkins promised a spectacular visual event and said he decided to take part after having a dream.
He said: "I had a dream that I should do it. I woke up with a really positive feeling about it. I think I'd got to the vote and then I woke up."
He added: "It's going to be a great night out. When you've enjoyed a long break it's nice to hit back with something that is as big and as glamorous as they come. It's my new ambition.
"Eurovision is something I've always wanted to do. It certainly isn't two fingers up to The Darkness. It's thumbs- up to Europe.
"I'll be going for Eurovision every year. I don't care what it takes. I'll be like Cliff Richard's Christmas single. I'll keep coming back.
"The song can be performed as a ballad or up tempo. It's not really a rock song. It's a love song about fragility and young love. The fact I'm writing again is something."
He added: "You don't go into rehab unless there's some purgatory in your life. You find out a lot about yourself. You find out the choices you need to make to be healthy.
"I've been clean and sober for seven months. I've also given up smoking."
Asked about spending his wealth on drugs he said: "I've never really worried about money. When I was on the dole I was just as happy and I'm happy now.
"But there's not as much money in the bank as there was a couple of years ago. You've got to enjoy your life. It's too short and I think I would regret it if I didn't do this."
Hawkins, who once appeared on stage in the cleavage of a pair of giant comedy breasts, said: "Our song will be a spectacular visual event."
He added: "I'm a massive fan of Terry Wogan. It's his commentary that makes it a really unique night."
Hawkins will be duetting and playing the guitar with Brown, who has worked on backing vocals for Lemar, Blur, Jamiroquai and Razorlight.
He joked that the song would sound a bit like the Communards.
Hawkins added: "It's every boy's dream to represent their country at the highest level. But if we don't make it to the final I won't be too disheartened. There's always next year."