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Thursday, 27 February 2014 01:12

United Kingdom: Sparks Fly as Rumours Escalate

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With the submission deadline around the corner. The BBC has once again left us in the dark about whom is going to represent the UK in Copenhagen. As mentioned in recent weeks the BBC has only confirmed that they are using an internal selection for the fourth year in succession. The previous selections have been somewhat of a mixed bag stemming from various different generations and completely different styles of music. 

In 2011, Blue were a surprise when the announcement was finally made and I was actually quite fond of the song. However, the news of Engelbert Humperdinck and his entry left me a little underwhelmed. As much of a legend as he is, I find it difficult to support or expect a man of my father’s age to carry the UK or indeed any other country to victory. 

Bonnie Tyler was also a surprise, but I was a little sceptical as for Bonnie to really shine at Eurovision it would have to be a really 80’s style power ballad. Believe in Me was a perfectly decent song and I do think Bonnie performed well in Malmö but it was hardly surprising that it was a little forgotten amongst the other songs in the competition. So, as we are lacking any BBC confirmation I thought it might be an idea to look at some of the rumours that are being put out there.

One of the more prominent rumours is Geri Halliwell. Now, this may show may age but I remember Geri when the Spice Girls were at their heyday. It was world news when Geri sensationally left and pursued a relatively successful solo career. With that said, the music career has somewhat died off and you are more likely to see Geri as a judge on the X Factor. An attempt to revive her career was given the go-ahead last year but the single sold just 400 copies. It is true that this could also be newspaper spin, as despair sells.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XgoKfHg1JsU

The question is would Geri actually be any good for Eurovision? Over the years, she has been famous for her lacklustre live vocals and it has been argued that she lacks a certain stage presence but there is a chance that she could flare up a UK entry. Giving the audience something to remember. The only substance behind this rumour is that both she and her management have refused to deny the rumour and as such fuelling the rumour further.

There has been mention of Jessie J making an entry for the UK. Jessie J has worked closely with the BBC in recent years and she is a very talented young woman. However, there has been very little about this rumour. The only reasoning behind it is that her last album wasn’t as successful as anticipated (although in my opinion still very good) and her head shave has allegedly alienated a lot of her fans. I am still not sure how this adds up to her entering Eurovision, but I guess anything is possible.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCM-aRqvbHI

The next one I heard was Jane McDonald. Outside of the UK and Ireland I imagine Jayne to be a relative no one (please correct me if I am wrong). Rising to fame in the late 90’s as a cruise singer and later a talent show presenter before joining a daytime reality TV show as a long-term cast member. In fairness, Jayne is actually a good singer and her voice is certainly strong enough to carry off an excellent ballad. Nevertheless, she does still have that karaoke, cruise-ship cabaret look and I think this is something that would be overlooked at Eurovision. If she worked on her stage presence, the UK could certainly do a lot worse.

A number of previous talent reality TV shows have also been rumoured. Alexandra Burke & Diana Vickers (X factor 2008 – same as Ruth Lorenzo) have all been rumoured, as have Leon JacksonAmelia Lily, Joe McElderry and Olly Murs. However, at the moment these are just rumours. Arguably, though, none of these are necessarily bad choices and I would imagine to be received well in Europe.

Another rumour is Lulu. Whilst I assume this is nothing but a rumour and there is no truth in it whatsoever. Would the characterful Scot really make a return to Eurovision after more than 40 years? In reality, I don’t think any of the above would be a disaster from the outset. Yet there may be work to done on Geri and Jayne – provided they were given a decent song that matched their vocal ranges; we could see a decent Eurovision entry from the UK. Stay tuned to escflashmalta.com for more of such opinionated articles in the coming weeks.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GAFyK_ayp4Y

Last modified on Thursday, 27 February 2014 01:27