Hey y’all. Big gossip. Wiwi heard from his boo Anthony who read on Twitter that Paddy O’Connell, the BBC presenter of the Eurovision semi-finals, believes that the U.K. has signed a MASSIVE act for Eurovision 2013. Let’s go through the possibilities—from Girls Aloud (pictured above) to Atomic Kitten to One Direction.
The Pet Shop Boys. The group have revealed that officials at the BBC have approached them to write the U.K. entry on several occasions. They’re more than happy to give them a song if it feels right for the contest. In fact, they recently said that they wrote the song “Winner” with Eurovision in mind. (You can listen to it below.) They released their 11th studio album in September, so clearly the group is keen to drum up publicity again.
JLS. The R&B and dance-pop group came to fame on the second series of X-Factor in 2008. They finished second to Alexandra Burke. Since then they have dropped massive hits like “The Club Is Alive” and “She Makes Me Wanna.” Ahead of Eurovision 2012, band member Oritsé told the Daily Star that the group would jump at the chance to represent the U.K. “We would consider doing Eurovision if the opportunity came up. It would be an honour,” he said. “We were following the competition this year and 100% backing Blue. We think they did great. If it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be where we are now.”
Deaf Havanna. OK, so Wiwi doesn’t actually know much about this band, and he isn’t sure if they are “the big act” that we heard about through Anthony who read on Twitter where Paddy O’Connell said he had heard the BBC had signed a big act. But we do know that in the run-up to Eurovision 2012, more than 2,000 of the group’s fans started a Facebook group calling for the rock band to be sent to Baku. Could we see them in Malmoe?
Atomic Kitten. The Daily Star, who are always right about everything, previously reported that Atomic Kitten would give Eurovision a go. Their song “Whole Again” is one of the top-selling British singles by a female group ever, and they also do a mean cover of “Eternal Flame.” In October it was announced that the group is re-uniting for a show on ITV2 called “The Big Reunion,” so perhaps they are ready to throw down at Eurovision, too?
Diva Fever. The flamboyant duo of Craig Saggers and Josef Al-Smadi finished 13th on X-Factor. In the past they’ve tweeted that they were considering doing Eurovision. Surely their pink and blue parachute pants and ostentatious t-shirts would go down well with voters in the East.
Girls Aloud. We’ve listed the reasons why they need to represent the U.K. before. One reason is so that band member Nadine can regain her confidence. Since losing Jesse Metcalfe (possibly to another man) her confidence has dipped as much as her collar bone has started to protrude. ESC could help restore all that (as could a trip to the nearest all-you-can-eat buffet).
One Direction. They’re the biggest group in the world at the moment, and they’re winning over fans in markets from America to Australia to Austria. If they entered Eurovision they would win. Hands down. The BBC has come under a lot of fire recently regarding sexual abuse allegations that proved to be false, and generally shoddy journalism. Hosting Eurovision might give them something to look forward to and distract the public from all the drama at home.
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