Eurovision rumour mills are beginning to pick up traction right across Europe, not least in the UK. Katie Price got the British one rolling last month, when she declared a desire to make up for her disastrous 2005 effort. Soon after, Olly Murs was added to the list, only for the man himself to swiftly deny the speculation. Now, former Steps singer and reality star, Claire Richards, has thrown her name into the mix.
When questioned about Eurovision by Attitude, the late ’90s popstar answered “I never say never to anything anymore”. Emphasis on anymore, since she also reveals that herself and ex-bandmate Ian “H” Watkins turned down the opportunity to compete in 2003, paving the way for Jemini’s nul points.
Richards credits her change of heart towards the contest to the “fantastic experiences” she’s had on shows like Popstar to Operastar and Celebrity Big Brother. “Everything happens for a reason”, she tells the magazine. Could this reason be the need for a career boost?
Given the UK’s recent Eurovision efforts, and Claire’s cheese-filled musical past, it would be easy to scoff. Her chart-topping days with Steps are long gone (their 2012 comeback single peaked at 82). But to be fair, she has acknowledged the need for the Brits to take the contest seriously.
“I think someone who is passionate about the competition needs to take charge of it though. Someone that will put the effort in and source a great song to actually compete and invest in great production. It’s become a bit of a joke so we’ve just stopped trying. I know there is a bit of politics that goes on but if we entered an amazing song with a great singer/act then it can’t be ignored.”
Ignoring the politics cliché, we have to agree with her viewpoint. If Claire does become the next act to fly the Union Jack, at least we know that she has plenty of practice performing in front of massive crowds (sorry Molly and Electro Velvet). Another major bonus is that unlike Bonnie Tyler, it doesn’t sound like she’s spent her time in pop-wilderness gargling gravel.
What do y’all think? Is Claire “the great singer” the UK need? Or is she just another pop-relic fit for the scrap-heap? Let us know below.