The United Kingdom doesn’t have the best track record at Eurovision, having failed to make the top ten since 2009. We’re hoping that the BBC can get its act together this year and take Britain back to the top. It has been officially confirmed that the United Kingdom will reveal their artist for Eurovision 2015 on 7 March — this Saturday — on the BBC Red Button after The Voice. So who should sing for the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2015? Here are some artists that we think could rock the Eurovision stage. Please note: We are not saying we think the BBC has actually choosen these artists (or convinced them to go). It’s a wishlist, y’all. Let us dream, let us dream…
Olly Murs was a contestant on the sixth series of the X Factor UK in 2009. He came second to Joe McElderry. No matter: he signed a record deal in 2010 and went on to release his self-titled debut album. His international expansion came with his 2012 album “Right Place, Right Time” which spawned the massive hit “Troublemaker” which charted in Japan, the USA and Australia just to name a few. After this he quieted down a little but has released singles from his most recent album “Never Been Better” entitled “Wrapped Up” featuring Travie McCoy and “Up” featuring Demi Lovato, both of which had moderate success outside the UK. Could Eurovision be a way to get him back on his feet?
Florence + The Machine
Florence Welch and her band specialise in indie rock. You likely know “Spectrum (Say My Name)”, “You’ve Got The Love” and “Never Let Me Go”. They are set to release their next album “How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful” on 29 May, six days after the final of Eurovision 2015. They released their latest single “What Kind Of Man” earlier this month.
Ellie Goulding released her single “Lights” in 2011. It smashed the charts in the USA. Her next single, “Anything Could Happen” broke Australia, peaking at number 2 on the ARIA charts. She has subsequently released hits like “Figure 8”, “Burn”, “Goodness Gracious” and “Beating Heart”. She has also collaborated with DJ Calvin Harris on the songs “I Need Your Love” and “Outside”. Her most recent song “Love Me Like You Do” was featured as the lead single on the “Fifty Shades Of Grey” soundtrack.
We’ve already given you eight reasons why she should participate in Eurovision, so it’s no surprise that we have included her on this list. With her powerhouse vocals and eccentric style, she seems perfect to represent the UK in Eurovision 2015. She has had smashes such as “Only Love Can Hurt Like This”, “Can’t Rely On You”, “Just Be”, “Picking Up The Pieces” and “Stone Cold Sober” and recently snagged the BRIT award for best British Female Solo Artist. She also collaborated with duo Sigma to create the hit “Changing”. This girl is on fire, so there’s no doubt she could do well for the UK. She also recently released a haunting ballad called “Beauty Remains”
You probably best remember Taio Cruz for his smash “Dynamite” back in 2010. Since then he’s pretty much dropped off the music scene. He did have a song leaked in July called “Don’t You Dare” which was originally planned to be released from his fourth studio album “#Black”. He’s been dormant in the music world since then.
Ella Henderson was a contestant on X Factor 2012. Coached by Tulisa Contostavlos, she came in sixth place. She hit it big last year with her smash hit “Ghost”, which charted in the UK, Australia, the USA and several other countries. Her second single “Glow” did not do as well. She plans to release her next single “Mirror Man” on the 8th of March. Perhaps Eurovision can catapult Ella back to the top?
George Ezra’s husky vocals have turned him into a household name around the world. You may have heard his track “Budapest”, which was released in late 2013. It had huge success worldwide peaking at number 5 in Australia, number 3 in Germany and the UK and number 12 in Denmark. He recently “Listen To The Man” in October last year.
Jessie J hit it big in 2010 with “Do It Like A Dude”. She followed this up with smash hits “Price Tag” and “Nobody’s Perfect”. Her ever changing image led to her single “Wild” released in 2013. She recently released her new album “Sweet Talker” which contained hits “Bang Bang”, “Burnin’ Up” and “Masterpiece”.
Ed Sheeran came to fame in 2011 with his hit “The A Team”. He followed it up with smashes “Lego House” and “Give Me Love”. He released his most recent album “x” in 2014 and it spawned hits “Sing”, “Don’t” and most recently “Thinking Out Loud”.
You may know Charli XCX from Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy”, but did you know Charli XCX has actually been recording music since she was 14? Didn’t think so. Her experience could totally help her in Vienna. She rose to prominence in 2014 with “Boom Clap” and then released “Break The Rules” and “Doing It” featuring previous Eurovision hopeful Rita Ora.
To complete the list we have Grammy award winner Sam Smith. He jumped to the top of the charts with his ballad “Stay With Me”. He had also formerly released songs “Lay Me Down” and “Money On My Mind”. He then released “I’m Not The Only One” and “Like I Can”. He won four Grammys earlier this year.