|Also known as||Tricity|
|Labels||Integral Records (2003)|
|Past members||Chris Cromby|
Chris Cromby and Gemma Abbey (born 1982) met in 1995 at Liverpool's Starlight Stage School and toured Liverpool's pubs and clubs with the academy's kids' roadshow. At 16, after leaving college, they formed Tricity, named after the brand of electrical appliances. They changed their name to Jemini ("Gem-and-I") at the age of 19. They spent the next two and a half years touring pubs and clubs in the UK performing Stevie Wonder, Randy Crawford and Motown covers and ABBA medleys, as well as their own compositions. Abbey stated she has loved Eurovision since childhood and counts previous Eurovision entrants such as Sonia, Precious and Dana International amongst her favourites.
Jemini and the song "Cry Baby" were selected to take part in Eurovision by a public phone poll in the BBC's A Song for Europe competition. Their performance at Eurovision in Riga in May 2003 was criticised for being off-key, and later earned the United Kingdom "nul points".
Failure and break-upEdit
The Eurovision failure prompted both mirth and consternation in the British media. Jemini admitted that their performance was off-key, and claimed they were unable to hear the backing track due to a technical fault. Terry Wogan, long-time commentator on the contest for the BBC, said that the UK was suffering from "post-Iraq backlash". The UK's failure was the most spectacular in the history of the contest (a record which would remain until the 2015 competition where Germany and Austria both scored 0 points in a field of 27 entrants, as well as 13 other voting countries that did not make the final; Jemini's failure was in the last year before semi finals were introduced, and all countries involved during the week would vote). Following their failure at Eurovision, they were dropped by their record label (Integral Records UK), and their album was never released. "Cry Baby" entered the UK Singles Chart at No. 15, but spent only three weeks in the chart. They split up as a duo.
In 2013, the duo reunited for a special interview about their performance in a two-hour-long BBC Three special How to Win Eurovision. The special aired on 11 May 2013.
Abbey was arrested and sentenced for social security fraud in November 2016. She was claiming as a single mother when she had undergone a wedding ceremony in Algarve in 2013 and was living with her partner. She overclaimed tax credits for her daughter born in 2009. She was given a 30-week prison sentence, suspended for one year, and put on supervision order for one year.
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