The BBC have kept us waiting for over a month for the identity of the six acts taking part in Eurovision: You Decide. Today, on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show, the identity of all six acts were finally revealed. Below you can hear their songs, read about their background and listen to our first reactions.
Eurovision: You Decide Finalists
Joe and Jake – “You’re Not Alone”
Joe and Jake are former The Voice UK contestants from 2015. Joe was part of (former UK national final near-hopeful) Rita Ora’s team, performing “Lights” as his audition song. Jake, meanwhile, was mentored by Will.i.am, performing Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” in the blind auditions. Joe made the second week of live shows, whilst Jake was eliminated in the knockout stage. The two have now joined together to make an attempt at Eurovision.
Bianca – “Shine a Little Light”
Bianca was part of the short-lived British girlband, Parade. Their biggest hit was in 2011, when their song “Louder” went to number 10 in the UK charts. The band split when Bianca left the group and she has been working solo since then. “Shine a Little Light” (put your claws away, Katrina…) was written by, amongst others, Leona Lewis.
Dulcima – “When You Go”
Dulcima are a two-part folk band, named after one of the singers, Dulcima Showan. The song, “When You Go”, was penned by the other half of the band, Tom Twyman. Dulcima is both a seamstress, as well as being part of the band CoCo and the Butterfields. As part of that band, she has supported the likes of Mumford and Sons.
Matthew James – “A Better Man”
Matthew James was the former lead singer of 90s boyband, Bad Boys Inc. He was rumoured to be participating, when he seemingly got in trouble for counting down to the reveal on his Twitter account. This song was co-written by, amongst others, the Swedish songwriter Peter Kvint.
Darline – “Until Tomorrow”
Darline is made up of Abby Inez and Cára Beard. The two are both singer-songwriters, with the band recently forming and touring with The Shires late in 2015. The girls also did a one-off video blog on their own YouTube channel. How multimedia!
Karl William Lund – “Miracle”
Karl William Lund is also a singer-songwriter, who penned his track “Miracle” himself. Originally from Liverpool, he now lives in London and is also a hair model in his spare time. Karl has said that “it is time the UK got serious once again about Eurovision” and is hoping that Miracle will be the song that helps that happen.
Eurovision: You Decide will be aired live from the Kentish Town Forum this Friday, February 26th from 20.30 CET. The show will be aired on BBC 4 in the UK and streamed live on eurovision.tv. Joining the six acts on stage will be the UK’s 1997 winner, Katrina Leskanich, as well as 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw.
Are you happy with the UK’s finalists? Let us know in the comments section below and on our Twitter page. Make sure to keep your eyes on the website over the next days for our UK Wiwi Jury reviews. You can already vote in our UK Eurovision 2016 fan poll.