The heat is on in the United Kingdom. The five-time winner has been in the Eurovision doldrums for quite some time now. And with the likes of Adele, Ed Sheeran and Sam Smith ruling the world’s charts, that’s not really acceptable. The BBC seems to have upped the ante, announcing the “biggest song search” the country has ever seen. The finer details remain rather sketchy, but their semi-final commentator Scott Mills has a solution – send Ben Haenow or Little Mix.
Speaking to Digital Spy, he reiterated the need for the Brits to keep on trying:
The thing is we’ve tried it in lots of different ways. We’ve tried a public vote, we’ve tried it where the BBC decide, we’ve tried it where a jury decide. You’ve got to just keep trying
Adding that a good song was key:
At the end of the day it’s going to be about the song. I was just saying to Jake from Rixton, if you take Little Mix – their songs aren’t written by Americans, they’re written by UK songwriters. Let’s get one of them to write our Eurovision song this year.
And that they should send Ben or Little Mix:
In most of the other countries they send a big act. They’ll send the winner of The Voice or X Factor from that year usually. There’s something to be said for that. So send Ben Haenow or Little Mix, that’s the answer.
We’re all for household names, but Scott’s “answer” makes us think of the Chanel Vs. Walmart Twitter meme.
Little Mix are an all-conquering girl group who won the UK’s X Factor in 2011. Since then they’ve gone on to massive chart success, racking up hits at home, across Europe and in the US and Australia. Their last release “Black Magic” was arguably the smash of summer 2015.
Little Mix “Black Magic”
Ben Haenow also graduated from The X Factor, winning the 2014 series. However, he’s yet to reach the same heights as the ladies. Despite a number one debut single, his follow-up only reached 21 in the UK and 56 in Ireland. Not even American superstar Kelly Clarkson could spur him up the charts. Meanwhile, the woman he beat into second place, Fleur East, is lapping up all the critical and popular acclaim. Ouch!
Ben Haenow “Second Hand Heart”
This isn’t the first time Scott Mills has sounded off on the UK’s Eurovision selection process. In August, he claimed that there was too much stigma attached to the contest for the likes of One Direction, Olly Murs or Robbie Williams to consider entering.
What do y’all think of Scott’s suggestion? Would Little Mix or Ben Haenow be good choices for the UK? Would they even consider entering? Comment below.
The United Kingdom at Eurovision 2016
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