Kimberly Walsh—one-fifth of British pop group Girls Aloud—will represent Britain at Eurovision 2013, or so says leading Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

Quoting an unnamed source close to the matter, the paper also reports that the BBC has enlisted the help of Melodifestivalen veteran and Swedish hitmaker Fredrik Kempe to write Walsh’s song. Kempe has previously penned Eurovision numbers for Eric Saade (“Popular”), Charlotte Perrelli (“Hero”) and Malena Ernman (“La Voix”).

Walsh has made several attempts to break out of the girl group mold. In 2012 she made her West End debut by playing Princess Fiona in Shrek: The Musical. And she was a runner-up on the British version of Strictly Come Dancing that same year.

Yesterday, Supersonic PR—the group representing Girls Aloud—denied that the group was in talks with the BBC. But perhaps a portion of the group is?

Kimberley performs to “Crazy in Love” on “Strictly”:

Kimberley sings “Rainy Days and Mondays” with Jamie Cullum:

Thanks to our ace reporter and Norwegian sister Geir for sending through the tip!

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Zolan
Zolan
8 years ago

@David. Agreed. That’s why my speculations run to a more intimate, conversational style. Drawing the listener in, rather than reaching out to grab them, might suit her better.

David Thielen
8 years ago

Based on the “Rainy Days and Mondays” clip above – she’s not going to make the top 10 and will be lucky to make the top 20. She has a pleasant voice but there’s no depth to it. In a nightclub she would be really good. On a stage in front of 150 million people where you need to reach out and grab the audience – not going to happen.

Zolan
Zolan
8 years ago

…except of course that the song has already been recorded.

Zolan
Zolan
8 years ago

@Gavin. That would be a nice compromise. At least then Brits would feel invested in the song, and we could feel that it is more representative than something entirely from the BBC bubble.

Gavin
8 years ago

Dam it … im looking at the price of a ticket to shreck.

Gavin
8 years ago

I think it would be awesome if Kimberly was to represent the UK.

HOWEVER…

I really… really… really want a say in the song… PLEEEEASE!

Ok dream situation… we have a choice of six songs, Kimberly sings them all… we get to vote! The focus would then be on the song and we would have a known singer.

My favourite UK selections were Sonia and Francis Rafel… where the artist was chosen but the song not… go on… make me year… and an hour show to choose the shows has to be more intresting than a special about… um…. Blue?

Zolan
Zolan
8 years ago

Another solo(ish, studio) performance:
“Another Suitcase in Another Hall”, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHPlpKH7LPA

Seems to indicate a good direction for her; gentle, conversational, with an undertone of English folk. Additional oomph can come from the backing vocals and arrangement as needed. Nothing like Kempe’s previous ESC entries.

I did consider the possibility that the actual reveal would be that she’s paired with an even bigger name in a duet, but the ‘evidence’ suggests she recorded alone.

David Thielen
8 years ago

She can dance. Can she sing as a soloist?