Before newcomer Molly Smitten-Downes was unveiled as the British participant last March, Paloma Faith was rumoured to be in the running to represent the United Kingdom in Copenhagen. She was quick to deny the rumours.

We’re hoping that the success of both her newest album, A Perfect Contradiction and her single Only Love Can Hurt Like This, which nabbed the top spot in the Australian charts, might be the confidence booster she needs to persuade her to strut her stuff next year in Vienna.

If her recent success isn’t enough to convince you, here are 8 reasons why Paloma Faith should represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2015:

1. Her musical style isn’t typically Eurovision

Paloma has an unconventional, eccentric style of jazz-pop, which would most definitely stand out among the ballads and Euro-pop usually heard each year. It would go down well with the audience too, because even the most dedicated Eurofan can only take so many ballads!

2. She can clearly sing live

Back in February, when she performed at the Burberry Womenswear Autumn/Winter 2014 show in London, it was clear to see that not only can this girl definitely hold a note, she can steal attention away from a room full of top models. WERK. Extra marks for the bedazzled microphone obviously.

http://youtu.be/CWCVaKdUjCw

3. She can still sing upbeat music

In years with excessive ballads, dance music is the hidden gem of Eurovision because it keeps the party going. As well as her own distinctive style, Paloma has proven that she can master just about any sound; her recent collaboration with Sigma, the dancetastic Changing, shot to the top of the UK Singles Chart this very month.

4. She is humble

Although she acted as Danny O’Donoghue’s battle advisor in Series 1 and perfomed at the finale of Series 3, Paloma has rejected the BBC’s offers to join the judging panel of The Voice UK, saying that she does not believe in her ability the judge others. It’s nice to be nice. Sometimes.

5. Her personality would appeal to Eurovision fans

During her appearance on the Graham Norton Show, she showcased her bright and bubbly personality, and played well off comical genius Russell Brand and world class actress Emily Blunt. Her quirkiness would surely resonate with countless viewers across Europe and the world.

http://youtu.be/i2rYtJK80As

6. She has an undefinable presence

With uniquely charismatic acts such as Lena, Loreen and Conchita winning over the last few years, Paloma could be in with a real chance. When she performs, it’s with an air of je ne sais quoi. She is powerful, mysterious and alluring all at once, the exact recipe for a Eurovision winner!

7. She could provide some INSANE covers of Eurovision’s greatest hits

Take her cover of INXS’s Never Tear Us Apart. If she can cover the music of one of the greatest rock bands of all time this well, then we grant her our permission to cover Ell & Nikki, Emmelie de Forest and Dima Bilan.

8. Eurovision could make her an international superstar

Let’s face it folks, Paloma has star quality, and Eurovision may be just what she needs to finally launch an international career, just as ABBA and Celine Dion did all those years ago. She’s conquered Australia already, who’s to say she can’t conquer little old Europe?

So, what do you think? Is there enough reasoning to make Paloma give in and take on Eurovision? Let us know in the comments below!

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Donna
Donna
5 years ago

I don’t think so. I mean most of the countries who won the Eurovision had artists who were previously unknown outside their home countries. For example, Ruslana of Ukraine, Alexander Rybak of Norway, Emmelie de Forest of Denmark, Loreen of Sweden and even Celine Dion and ABBA. Paloma Faith, although she has potential, is already known outside her home country, as stated in the article. Aside from being well-known in Australia, she has quite a fanbase in the United States as well. I think BBC should keep up with internal selection through their BBC Introducing program should they choose to… Read more »

Timo
Timo
5 years ago

I love Paloma Faith and I’d die if she represented the UK, but please. She’s too good for Eurovision. You should know this. It’s too risky even if she hasn’t had a big hit outside of the UK yet.

VILIJA
VILIJA
5 years ago

RAIGN FOR EUROVISION!!!!!!

Charles
Charles
5 years ago

One obvious and clear reason for her not to: she’s an established artist and she does music … not necessary the crap eurovision fans seek and dream about … So I agree with her statements and I do ask it too “are you all insane?” Eurovision and established current artists do not go along together specially those from then UK …

Ggmlr
5 years ago

@vvg: Yeah, you’ve already mentioned the main problem. “ESC is now becoming a newbie-type contest and people enjoy that” and that what is wrong with ESC nowadays. ESC is not an amateur singing competition, it’s a song contest. I have never enjoyed a newbie-type of singer singing crappy songs at Eurovision, but I did enjoy some new musicians who have great songs and have a great musical style as well, take Molly and Softengine from this year’s competition for instance. So I think it should be more focused on the songs. And speaking of “great names don’t want to take… Read more »

David
David
5 years ago

I say it again. It is NOT about how famous the singer/band is before ESC that matters. It is all about thr song and performance. Like Loreen and Emmelie de Forest non of whom had a huge career before ESC but won the contest..

Harry
Harry
5 years ago

As a massive Paloma Faith AND Eurovision fan, I don’t see this happening. Smaller venues suit Paloma and I think she would be lost onstage in Vienna. As much as I love her and Eurovision, I don’t think the two should go together. I don’t think she would appeal to European audiences in general….
And I believe her when she says she won’t be competing.

vvg
vvg
5 years ago

I’m sorry, why did I write: “Israel”? 😀
I meant Sweden and the Netherlands, of course. But Israel would pretty much count in, also.

vvg
vvg
5 years ago

@Anthony Yes, but being famous in Israel, and being famous in UK are completely different and we all know that. For example, I live in Poland and it’s obvious to me who Florence is; however I’m more than sure that a person who lives in UK wouldn’t know about… hmm… Justyna Steczkowska or Margaret who are currently at the top in Poland. See my point? Singers take part in Eurovision mainly because they want to be recognizable internationally. So, why would an artist who ALREADY is VERY recognizable enter the contest? Cascada WAS famous in Europe once, but it was… Read more »

Anthony
Anthony
5 years ago

@vvg, We’ve already had Eurovision participants in the past who are already famous back in their native countries and went to become successful at Eurovision. Loreen, Dima Bilan and Anouk to name a few.

Of course, getting a big name artist doesn’t always guarantee Eurovision success, as Germany found out with Cascada.

vvg
vvg
5 years ago

Florence is simply outstanding, however ESC isn’t her “style”, at all. I’m a fan, and I can’t imagine her competing, sorry.
As I said earlier, the solution is simple: Eurovision is slowly becoming newbies-only type of contest, and people enjoy that. Don’t send anyone who’s already famous; I’m telling you now that they’re going to flop.

Martin
Martin
5 years ago

Florence Welch NEEDS to represent the UK. She’s absolutely amazing live.

Dar
Dar
5 years ago

I want HURTS, Florence welch or Emile sande ..

Pablo
Pablo
5 years ago

Yes please!! She´s actually my favourite british singer!! But I remembered last year when she said: “I´m not doing eurovision, are you insane?” So… she will never join us.

Anthony
Anthony
5 years ago

As everyone have mentioned already, can’t see it happening. The UK would simply end up with another career vs country row with the British music industry.

vvg
vvg
5 years ago

Nope. Please, go with BBC Introducing, again. What makes ESC so perfect is DISCOVERING new, aspiring artists…

Yudhistira Mahasena
5 years ago

Yeah, good recommendation for the United Kingdom. But Paloma just isn’t for me. I’d rather want Cherrybelle or Coldplay! Either one of them can win Eurovision.

D
D
5 years ago

As much as I’d love this, it’ll never happen. She’s stated she doesn’t want to take part (like the majority of popular British singers) and I wouldn’t expect that to change anytime soon. And also, she’s a little popular here in Sweden, I mean she doesn’t really chart or anything but I’d assume people know who she is. Maybe it’s just me though cuz I listen to a lot of British music 😛

Bronson
Bronson
5 years ago

I don’t think that any singers who are doing well in the charts around the world would represent the United Kingdom until its results get better. The UK in recent years has not fared well and with the exception of 2009 and 2011 have ended on the right hand side of the board. Putting your reputation on the line during a high point in your career to take to the Eurovision stage is a gamble not many would take. I’m all for Paloma Faith in Vienna 2015, but I don’t expect any notorious singers who are currently successful at the… Read more »