So far, the UK national selection for Eurovision 2016 has been shrouded in secrecy, with only a select number of UK OGAE fans having access to the submitted songs. But local newspaper The Hartlepool Mail has revealed three of the acts who have submitted bids, and below you can listen to two of them.
Unfortunately for Scott Mills, these acts don’t quite have the name recognition of Little Mix. Still, all three acts have experience in the music industry, which is more than we could say for the thrown-together Electro Velvet. All three acts were submitted by a local charity called Red Dreams, which aims to support young people in the creative arts.
UK: EUROVISION SUBMISSIONS 2016
Paul Hart and David Arnett have submitted their self-composed song “Escapism”. Each of them have recorded songs in the past, both together and as solo artists. Paul Hart’s track “Poolie Til I Die” was recently played during a BBC FA Cup match. You can listen to “Escapism” here:
Then there’s Elena Larkin with her song “Introducing Me”. Currently on a gap year and working as a vocal coach, Elena’s track was recorded at the legendary Abbey Road studios. Her YouTube page features cover versions of songs such as “Use Somebody” by Kings of Leon and “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz, showing off a range of vocal styles.
What’s important to note is that both videos of “Escapism” and “Introducing Me” were released well over a year ago. Though the rules on songs being available before the standard cut-off point are slightly hazy (Anouk’s “Birds” being a prime example), it’s likely that the songs would probably be ineligible for competition in their current forms. Hopefully the BBC are on this and are confident that the songs would be able to compete.
A third act is Michael Rice, who competed on the X Factor 2014. He impressed the judges during his first audition but did not make it to the live finals. His song, which is not yet available publicly or online, is called “I Won’t Let You Go” and is described as “up-tempo and euro friendly”.
What do y’all think of the songs and the chances they have of making it further in the UK selection? Do you have a favourite act you want to see taking part? Let us know in the comments!