As preparations continue for the United Kingdom‘s first national final since 2010, we’re starting to hear some of the songs that didn’t make the shortlist. And there are some very interesting tunes in the mix.
Earlier in December, members of OGAE UK listened to all the songs entered via the BBC’s open submission process. The fan club panels whittled the entries down to a shortlist of 25, which the BBC will use to help decide the acts that will proceed to the national final.
But this means there have been a whole lot of rejection emails being sent out. The BBC is promising to reveal the finalists sometime in the new year, but until then, let’s take a look at the songs OGAE UK decided weren’t right for the UK in Stockholm.
Peter Marshall & The Lomos – “You Win Some”
Things are getting very meta here. “You Win Some” also features in the low-budget fictional film “Transatlantic Smash”, about an act trying to enter a song competition not unlike Eurovision.
Sasha Bognibov – “Alone” & “Insane (Against Corruption)”
Ah, it’s our old friend Sasha Bognibov. As well as entering “Alone” and “Insane (Against Corruption)” into O melodie pentru Europa, the Moldovan goth also gave the UK a go. While he didn’t progress any further with the UK, Sasha did finally make it to the live audition round for Moldova.
Liza Starlight – “Don’t Give Up On Me”
Céline Dion impersonator Liza Starlight gives us ’80s club diva fantasy. On her Facebook page, she promises “we will be pushing for the charts with it early in the new year”.
Wobble and Wheeze – “The Bouncy Song”
Derby acoustic duo Wobble and Wheeze (and friends) have the cheerful “Bouncy Song”, which reminds listeners that “When we sing with gay abandon, we’ll always find a beautiful harmony”.
Delilah Jay feat. Nimrod Kamer – “Baby Boy”
Some serious effort has gone into this song and the music video. Be sure to check out our interview with Nimrod Kamer, the maestro behind this masterwork.
VSE.SVIT (Diana Mess) – “World Support Ukraine (Russians Go Home)”
Ukrainian-born singer Diana Mess has the politically charged “World Support Ukraine”. Anyone familiar with Eurovision rules will know overtly political lyrics aren’t allowed. Perhaps if she changed it to “World Support Ukraine (Lasha Tumbai)”.
What do you think about these songs? Has OGAE UK made a mistake in rejecting any of them? Or is it a sign the UK is on the right track? Share your thoughts below.