The rest of us can only wait and see whether a suspension of democratic process brings a new, ruthless focus to Britain’s approach, as it seeks to win friends in post-Brexit Europe. But it is far from clear that the catalogue of failures can be blamed solely on the audience on the sofa. In 2007, for example, the BBC itself chose the six candidate acts from which the public then selected the winner. The bubblegum pop group Scooch was subsequently accused of turning the nation into a laughing stock with Flying the Flag (For You), accompanied by a bathetically erotic dance routine in which the band dressed up as airline stewards; it achieved joint 22nd place. In 2012 and 2013 the public had no role in the selection process at all. Playing safe with old stagers such as Engelbert Humperdinck and Bonnie Tyler, Britain still finished 25th and 19th. … [Read more...] about The Guardian view on Eurovision 2020: don’t blame the public
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Is My Last Breath going to change this? Probably not. It’s a serviceable song that nods to the earnest post-Ed Sheeran acoustic troubadours exemplified by Lewis Capaldi and to the tub-thumping folksiness of Mumford & Sons’ debut album; the chorus throws in some Coldplay-ish massed “woah-oh”ing. You can see the logic: these artists represent three of Britain’s most successful musical exports of recent years. My Last Breath wouldn’t sound out of place on the Radio 2 playlist – but nor would it stand out on the Radio 2 playlist. The hook is OK, rather than indelible. … [Read more...] about James Newman: My Last Breath – UK Eurovision 2020 entry is serviceably bland
Eurovision 2019: The 26 finalist countries Denmark: Leonora — 'Love Is Forever' As the singer and her backup performers sway back and forth on a huge chair, the song unfolds a naive charm and casts a positive message in English, Danish, French and German. Twenty-year-old Leonora is a prizewinning figure skater. "Love is forever / Love is forever and everyone," she sings. Who could argue with that? … [Read more...] about Germany’s Eurovision contestant revealed
He is best known for Number One hits Waiting All Night by Rudimental ft. Ella Eyre and Blame by Calvin Harris ft. John Newman, as well as singles Lay It All On Me by Rudimental ft. Ed Sheeran, All I Am by Jess Glynne and Love Me Like You by Little Mix. … [Read more...] about Who is James Newman? UK’s Eurovision 2020 entry
The semi-finals will have commentary by Scott Mills and Rylan Clarke-Neal on BBC Four while Graham Norton will provide commentary for the final on BBC One. … [Read more...] about Eurovision 2020 – when, where and who is hosting the song contest?