Switzerland’s annual online search for a Eurovision act has been underway for a week now. So far, the field has mostly been made up of unknown acts; a far cry from previous years when the likes of Lys Assia, Ultra Naté and…erm, Same Difference had a go. But that’s just changed – X Factor star, Kitty Brucknell, has answered the Swiss call with “Yearning.
Kitty became famous in the UK during her rollercoaster journey on the 2011 edition of the talent show, where her eccentric personality and outlandish performances made her one of the most memorable acts for a long time (though not always for the right reasons…).
Since then, she’s been working on her first album “Glamour & Damage”, which is set to be released at the end of this month. There had been no indidcation of a potential Eurovision entry until “Yearning” was uploaded on to SRF’s web portal. But we like surprises, and we’re not ashamed to say that we’re very thankful!
“Yearning” is a slickly produced dance-pop song that really plays to Kitty’s strengths, particularly her powerful vocals. With a catchy chorus to boot, the entire package stands out head and shoulders above the questionable majority of the current crop online. Admittedly, it’s not revolutionary; there are no real new ideas brought to the table and the tune has a slightly generic feel to it.
At this stage though, that’s not necessarily a problem. The Swiss seem to have picked up the habit of really working on whichever song wins their national final – all you need to do is to look at the improvement in “Hunter of Stars” from the national final to Copenhagen.
Time will tell if Kitty can make it through to the next round, but she’s definitely one to look out for if she does. Maybe she’ll get some good luck from Lady Gaga to help her on the way. Again!
You can watch Kitty’s latest single, Glitter in the Sky, here: