So does anyone remember Josh Dubovie? Yes? No? Maybe? For those of you who have forgotten, or perhaps, if you’re British, repressed the memory, Josh represented the UK in 2010. He sang a terrible song, “That Sounds Good to Me”, very badly and came last. At the time, all the signs appeared to indicate that his career had died before it had even begun.
In a way it did, but there’s a twist. For from the ashes of Josh Dubovie has arisen the phoenix which is Josh James. And this time instead of a faux 80s mash-up of Rick Astley and Jason Donovan, we have something a lot more modern and edgier. While the music is still pop, the cheesiness has been removed and replaced with a healthy helping of R&B. Imagine a diluted version of Dappy from N-Dubz.
As part of this reinvention Josh has released a new single “Game Over”. And with lyrics such as:
Finally I’ve let myself begin
A second time
I know that I can win
So when its game over, over
And when the game over is over
It’s going be my game over, over
Because it’s not over until I say
it is clear that the song is autobiographical. I don’t think the same can be said for the video. I doubt Josh was ever in a boxing ring, although, as you can see from the picture above, he has bulked up nicely since Oslo.
So is the new song any good? Yes and no. It’s a billion times better than his Eurovision entry, but then that wouldn’t be hard. While the tune is catchy it lacks that special something required to break into the charts. But Josh is not a quitter:
I can win this game …
I was born to play this game until I die
That’s definitely the right attitude. And who knows, maybe with the right management and production team he could be set for a lot bigger things.
P.S. if you are a fan of the song you can download if for FREE on his official Facebook page. Heck, who cares whether you like it! It’s free and we’re in a recession!
Photo: Josh James