Media mogul Simon Cowell — the brains behind hit shows including X Factor and Britain’s Got Talent — knows how to spot talent. And now the king of reality singing shows has revaled to the Sunday Mirror that he’d be willing to deploy his magic to help the UK select a winning act for Eurovision.
“It’d be great to get involved,” he said. “I’d love to do it. The only problem is the timing – I wouldn’t want it to compete with Britain’s Got Talent.”
“The idea of taking it on for one year and trying to get someone to represent the UK, someone new – I’d love that. I don’t think there’d be too much to lose. I think it’d be great fun.”
Cowell listened to this year’s competing entries and was not impressed with the UK’s Electro Velvet and their song “Still in Love with You.”
“This year they really weren’t good, they didn’t stand a chance,” he said. “The winner [Mans Zelmerlow] had a proper record, the staging was great.”
Bianca and Alex — the two halves of Electro Velvet — are lovely people and made the most of their time in Vienna. We were touched by Bianca’s personal story and how she looked past her diagnosis of cystic fibrosis to pursue her dreams, ultimately ending up on one of music’s biggest stages. When she slipped into her LED dress, we wanted to shout You glow girl!
But this isn’t a contest for Mr and Miss Congeniality and we are still puzzled how they wound up at Eurovision – and with this song. We can only assume they or their songwriter know someone who knows someone at the BBC. Had the BBC bureaucrats masquerading as music professionals shared this song with someone — anyone — outside of their out-of-touch inner circle, they would have known it was destined for failure. The shadowy BBC selection process simply does not work.
Simon Cowell could breathe some much needed life into Eurovision in the UK and help right the wrongs of the BBC. Whether they’d be willing to swallow their pride and ask for help is another matter entirely. Despite the poor results and the public outcry, complacency reigns. The Beeb still thinks that it knows best.
Simon, please save us!