In the eyes of many Eurovision fans, the BBC hit an all-time low with Electro Velvet last May in Vienna. Now, in order to right that electro-swing wrong, Executive Producer Guy Freeman has reportedly decided to ressurrect a national selection for the United Kingdom. Yes, he’s taking Molly Smitten-Downes’ advice and giving power to the people!
As the Daily Express reports, up and coming acts will be able to submit original tracks to the Beeb until November. A closed-door selection panel will narrow the entries down before viewers are given the chance to vote on a winner.
And they’re bringing in the big guns. Hugh Goldmsith, a music executive behind Atomic Kitten, Billie Piper and Blue, will reportedly oversee the process.
“This year really will be the biggest song search for Eurovision the BBC has ever undertaken,” Freeman said in a statement.
“With input from key industry figures and fan associations, plus with the public having the final say we are looking forward to seeing a true People’s Eurovision entry representing the UK at next year’s competition in Sweden.”
Electro Velvet at Eurovision
The BBC internally selected Electro Velvet and their song “Still in Love with You”. The electro-swing number left us feeling ill from the beginning. As we wrote at the time of the announcement:
I’m taking back every mean thing I ever said about Engelbert Humperdinck and Bonnie Tyler. They may have been on the other side of their peak when competing at Eurovision, but at no point could you call them cruise ship material. Or a Mick Jagger cover act, which, you all know, is Alex’s speciality. There’s nothing wrong with that and I’m sure he does it well. But cover acts perform at weddings and dive bars, not the Eurovision Song Contest.
At the Eurovision’s Greatest Hits show a few months later we sensed a trainwreck looming. This continued in Vienna when, during the group’s first rehearsal, Bianca’s exposed LED battery pack smacked of a terror attack. Thankfully she covered it up with a faux fur stoll during the grand final. Ultimately they finished 24th, and our jurors’ premonitions seemed to come true.
Their vocals are fine, and their lack of on-stage chemistry can surely be fixed with some acting lessons. The song is the problem. It’s awful. The production is cheap, the lyrics are borderline misogynistic, and the melody is like something created by Don Draper. The UK seem to be stuck in some awful cycle, where everytime they take a step forward they take a huge leap back – Jessica Garlick to Jemini, Jade Ewen to Josh Dubovie, Blue to Englebert. Something’s gotta give.
What do you think of the news that the UK will reportedly have a public selection? Do you think it’ll result in another Josh Dubovie? Or do yout hink having Hugh Goldsmith attached will attract some big name songwriters — and some amazing songs? Let us know in the comments box below.