United Kingdom: Synthpop duo Hurts still have their sights set on Eurovision


They’re the synthpop duo who have long wanted to lead the UK to a Eurovision victory. Now Hurts have revealed they haven’t given up on their Eurovision dream.

The band have enjoyed years of success in many different European countries and seem like a natural fit as a Eurovision act for the UK.

After speaking about their love of Eurovision, the BBC asked the duo to submit a potential for the UK to take to Eurovision 2012.

As singer Theo Hutchcraft later revealed, “We’d said in interviews like three years ago that we were interested. We thought it would be quite interesting. We had some ideas for it but then they went with Engelbert Humperdinck.”

In Baku, Engelbert Humperdinck went on to place second-to-last with his song “Love Will Set You Free”. This left fans to wonder if the BBC had made a terrible error in judgement.

Recently speaking to iNews, Hutchcraft revealed the duo had withdrawn their song after the BBC suggested it should be performed by “an old legend or a reality TV star”.

He explained, “We said, ‘No way, we’ve got this plan for how we’d win it, so it all fell apart.”

But Hurts haven’t given up. They wouldn’t give iNews any more details of the song as they’re still holding onto it for the possibility of one day taking it to Eurovision.

Eurovision: You Decide

If Hurts wanted to make it to Eurovision, they’d need to first win the UK’s national final. In 2016, the BBC scrapped its internal selection process. They have reverted to a national final and are slowly gaining momentum with Eurovision: You Decide.

Song submissions for the UK closed yesterday. In the previous weeks, big Eurovision names have participated in a songwriting camp, aimed at penning a winning song for Britain.

Icelandic fan favourite Greta Salóme was one of the Eurovision starts at the writing camp, but “Only Teardrops” writers Lisa Cabble and Julia Jakobsen were also involved in this year’s camp. Other names with Eurovision connections include Ashley Hicklin (writer of “Me and My Guitar” and Axel Hirsoux’s “Mother”) and Chief1 (“Should’ve Known Better”).

What do you think? Should Hurts submit their Eurovision song to the BBC? Can they secure victory for Britain? Tell us your thoughts!