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Emperors' Euro soul train rolls on

PUBLISHED: 17:20 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 09:52 12 August 2010

SOUL MEN: Emperors of Soul joined Bromley panto star Mark Evans.

SOUL MEN: Emperors of Soul joined Bromley panto star Mark Evans.

TWO performers from the borough are one step closer to making Eurovision history as they survived the latest public vote. Bromley s panto star Mark Evans and group Emperors of Soul, with Leroy Jones from Crystal Palace, were voted into the final four las

TWO performers from the borough are one step closer to making Eurovision history as they survived the latest public vote.

Bromley's panto star Mark Evans and group Emperors of Soul, with Leroy Jones from Crystal Palace, were voted into the final four last Saturday on BBC One's Your Country Needs You, a talent contest selecting this year's UK Eurovision act hosted by Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd Webber.

The Emperors of Soul secured their share of the public vote and a thumbs up from judge Lloyd Webber by performing a cover of Love Train by the O'Jays.

On their performance, Lloyd Webber said: "All five of them can sing as individuals in their own right - not like an ordinary boy-band with one or two singers.

"I've never seen anything like this on Eurovision - I don't know if this is a good or a bad thing!"

Next up to perform was Mark Evans, who is currently starring as Prince Charming at The Churchill, Bromley as reported in the Times.

He performed a cover of Will Young's Your Game which Lloyd Webber described as a "very charismatic performance".

Damien was the competition latest casualty last Saturday, leaving just four acts to compete for the chance to represent the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in June.

Your Country Needs You will continue for three more weeks with one finalist eliminated each week after a public vote.

Mr Jones, a former pupil at Kentwood School, Penge, said he was optimistic about the remaining shows.

He added: "I'm really looking forward to the shows and I feel confident.

"I feel we have a good group of guys."

l The next round of Your Country Needs You is on BBC One this Saturday

at 6.35pm.

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