The six songs in contention to represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest have been announced, with all receiving airplay on Ken Bruce’s show on Radio 2.
The list includes Bianca Claxton, who was in girlband Parade, and co-wrote her song with Leona Lewis.
Other contenders include Matthew James, who was a member of 90s R&B popsters Bad Boys Inc, while Scouting For Girls singer Roy Stride co-wrote Until Tomorrow for Darline. The only self-penned entry is Miracle by Karl William Lund, seemingly describing Britain’s chances of winning.
Whoever gets to represent the UK will be determined in a live vote on BBC4’s Eurovision: You Decide this Friday. The winner represents Britain at the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday May 14.
Eurovision has made stars out of 80s popsters Bucks Fizz, while Cliff Richard, Lulu and, er, Blue and Gina G have also represented us.
Britain last won Eurovision in 1997 when Cambridge band Katrina And The Waves triumphed with Love Shine A Light. Since then, the UK has generally finished near the bottom of the pile.
The six contenders are:
You’re Not Alone by Joe And Jake (Composed by Schwartz, Justin J Benson and S Kanes)
Shine A Little Light by Bianca (Composed by Ash Howes, Cass Lowe, Leona Lewis and Richard Stannard)
When You Go by Dulcima (Composed by Tomas Twyman)
A Better Man by Matthew James (Composed by Helienne Lindvall, Andrew Fromm and Peter Kvint)
Until Tomorrow by Darline (Composed by Roy Stride, Joshua Wilkinson, Duck Blackwell and Jack McManus)
Miracle by Karl William Lund (Composed by Karl William Lund)
Prior to Katrina And The Waves’ win, Britain did consistently well, winning four times with Sandie Shaw’s Puppet On A String in 1967, Lulu’s Boom Bang-a-Bang in 1969, Brotherhood Of Man’s Save Your Kisses For Me in 1976 and Bucks Fizz’s Making Your Mind Up in 1981.
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