Joe and Jake UK Eurovision 2016

At the end of February, the BBC held its first national selection for Eurovision since 2010. Amid a fair level of hype, especially within the Eurovision fandom, six acts competed in Eurovision: You DecideThe Voice UK alumni Joe and Jake won with their song “You’re Not Alone”. And today the BBC treated us to the official video for the song.

JOE AND JAKE – “YOU’RE NOT ALONE”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=adeoOVHECBo

The video is relatively simple compared to the videos from the other Big Five nations. Spain‘s Barei journeyed through Sweden, Germany and her homeland in her clip. And France‘s Amir included atmospheric cuts of young people overcoming their adversities to bring the song’s message to life. The United Kingdom have chosen to let the boys do what they do best — they perform on stage and vogue to the camera. There’s a whole heap of lens flare and fish eye lens work, which helps bring out the Britpop feel of this song.

About Joe and Jake

Joe and Jake met on The Voice UK in 2014 where they both received mentoring fromm some big stars. Joe was part of (former UK national final 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.

The boys have great charisma and perform and harmonise well together. Their time on The Voice UK has absolutely shown us what they are capable of. Here’s hoping they bring their A-game in Stockholm!

What do you think of the official video for Joe and Jake? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sam Archer
Sam Archer
4 years ago

To be honest, yes the song is dull. But in Eurovision the jury and public look at EVERY DETAIL. This means from vocals / Choreography to dress and staging / gimmicks. Mans Zelmerlow won Eurovision hugley due to the staging. Children in the Universe could have done better if molly simply “Acted as herself” Like she did in the BBC preview video we saw of her. If the boys show more energy and passion for it on the night they will go far!

Alex
Alex
4 years ago

This was among the better half of the contestants in the UK final, but that’s not really saying much. They can for sure sing. But this song really gives them nothing to work with. The only remarkable feature is the guitar line which comes in somewhere in the latter half of the song. If Denmark makes the final (which they probably will), this song’s in trouble.

Jonas
Jonas
4 years ago

I prefer Electro Velvet too. Not the song, but the whole package. This is dull. Last year at least at a watchable entertainment factor. This is a TV show.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
4 years ago

This should finish above a lot of the finalists from semi-final 2.
I think 15-20 is possible!

EUROFAN MEXICO
4 years ago

NO OFENSE BAD VIDEO TO THIS SING TO THIS COUNTRY AND ITS MUSIC TRADITION AND FAME

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

The problem is that once you eliminate all of the really awful songs from the Semi Finals, the UK become probably one of the weakest entries in the Grand Final.
Without good staging, this is going to fall flat as a pancake. Still, at least Joe & Jake will get noticed somewhere. 🙂

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

best song since 2009 for the UK. Should be on the left-hand side of the scoreboard. There are people who honestly believe that they can’t better Electro Velvet’s score, or Bonnie or Engelbert and thats pretty ridiculous. It’s the UK’s most modern song for a while, and currently in my top 3 personal rankings. Just because the majority of the hardcore more visible eurovision fans have a niche music taste, doesn’t mean the 200 million + other voters have the same. Britpop is still popular, I know many who like this type of music through FIFA soundtracks, etc. There isn’t… Read more »

Criticca
Criticca
4 years ago

Its probably simple because BBC is saving the rest of the money towards staging. I hope that is the reason 😉

Rhino
Rhino
4 years ago

@Criticca they meant on the previous years when United Kingdom had bd results..

Criticca
Criticca
4 years ago

“from the botton of the scoreboard”? really you guys are already showing pessimism..come on this is way more decent than the last 3 entries (excl. Molly)

steve
steve
4 years ago

Thanks @Eugene

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

steve :- The Big 5 usually do their draws for 1st and 2nd half at the live rehearsal press conferences in May. I think last year it was about 3 days before the final.

steve
steve
4 years ago

@eugine- do you know when we will find out which position the UK will sing in and will it be a draw to decide?

Laburnum
Laburnum
4 years ago

Could they not be bothered to give it a revamp? XD But seriously I have come WAY around to this. I’d give it probably a 7/10, but I still feel like this is some rejected Coldplay or Kodaline song. I think I’m the first to say this…..but……

….I prefer Electro Velvet….

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

fluffybiscuits :- Great name…………not sure what you mean really? “It’s all countries”?

Yes all 43 countries will vote. The top 10 countries in both the jury and televote will receive points ……………no netting off. So both voting groups will need to consider the UK in their Top 10 songs.

fluffybiscuits
4 years ago

@Eugene

Are you referring to the new voting procedures? (if not apologies)..its all countries

http://www.eurovision.tv/page/news?id=biggest_change_to_eurovision_song_contest_voting_since_1975

Never forget
Never forget
4 years ago

maslo

Agree with that their favorite this year wili be Sweden, Malta and Azerbaijan. We wili read almost every day what Frans, Ira and Samra do .
And Michal Szpak for me sound so much better live than in video, it si great to see and hear. 80 % of singers this year (where we don t have national final) wili be sound not good live especially Azerbaijan….

maslo
maslo
4 years ago

Michal Szpak also release video for his song, but it seems that Wiwi stopped to care about Poland just because their favourite didn’t win…

Sal
Sal
4 years ago

@Bhrister Cjorkman
I didn’t realise before but I can’t get it out of my head now. I think you’ve hit the nail on the head – a children’s song. But we’ve also got Frans’ song for that tbh.

steve
steve
4 years ago

Off topic slightly- could someone please tell me when and how we find out what position the UK will sing in?

Gabriel
Gabriel
4 years ago

I think the video gives some ideas of how the song will be staged. I love the ending. It really gives the last chorus some power and lift and it shows that ultimately this song is a lot of fun. I first thought how can they replicate this with only 4 other people?! But then … I thought… They could jump into the audience and everyone is jumping around them as they move forward to end the song. I have been a huge fan of Eurovision since 1996 and I can actually say that I think this has a chance… Read more »

mmm
mmm
4 years ago

so much great music from the UK…. and they send crap….. always craaaaap

Steven Keenan
Steven Keenan
4 years ago

Great step forward for the U.K! Should be getting a good chunk of points from Ireland this year.

fluffybiscuits
4 years ago

Are most of the Joe and Jake fans bottoms? 😀 (from a top !)

Mark dowd
Mark dowd
4 years ago

18th to 22nd…..sorry. They try hard, are very puppy-like, but a few 1s and 2s are not gonna get them on the leaderboard. As for Russia, “contrived” is the key word….it is a quite horridly cynical piece of musical manipulation that sounds like a Top 3 from 2002……doe not deserve favourite status…(but neither does Frans in my opinion!)

Hello hi
Hello hi
4 years ago

Please don’t mention Russia .. That entry make me sick …
“Thunder and lightening its getting exciting”
Horrible contrived entry … It would be a travesty for Russia to win ..

AndersP
AndersP
4 years ago

It’s a good song. Given how many power ballads and deconstructed electronica we have this year, it stands out as one of a handful of proper pop songs. It’s not going to win, but stands a chance at doing well.

Hey!
Hey!
4 years ago

In other good news, Joe and Jake have been signed with Sony UK, you can buy their song on iTunes now!!! So far it has charted on the UK and Finnish iTune charts!!!!

Bhrister Cjorkman
Bhrister Cjorkman
4 years ago

I am sorry to say but for me it feels like a children’s song, something UK has been doing a little often. The chorus is energetic and and it is easily the best part of the song, but I am missing anything special. 27th overall for me which will probably make it near the very bottom in the final.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Off Topic :- Russia has gone favourite for the time being. Sweden now 2nd. Most of the Bookies have published their opening odds now.

Lianne
Lianne
4 years ago

Its so cute that Joe & Jake are trying their hardest to produce a well put music video. Sadly, there wasn’t a huge budget, but I feel like their performance makes it up. They are not going to be in the Top 10, I predict a place between 15-20. Best of luck to those cuties!

Colin
Colin
4 years ago

I like it 🙂 Quite a happy song. It doesn’t smell top 10, though. Maybe too cutesy/childish to win. But enjoyable nonetheless. It is good to see all Big 5 having solid entries this year.

Erwann
Erwann
4 years ago

Come on, friends from the UK, don’t be so pessimistic.
Anyway, this song will get some of my votes on the big night.

Robyn Gallagher
Admin
4 years ago

I’m terrified by the double drummers. They featured in the Your Decision staging, and again they’ve popped up in this music video. It seems likely that the BBC will wheel them out in Stockholm, ignoring the potential for amazing staging that SVT are giving everyone this year.

sufle
sufle
4 years ago

The U.K. Is going to do better than last year. That isn’t going to be hard. However, whilst not top 10, unless the staging is amazing and the other countries are bad, I predict it’ll do midfield – bottom left/top right of leaderboard. Quite frankly I think us Brits would be happy with that. Disappointed that the song wasn’t revamped, but hey, they show passion and it stands out from the Europopish songs so it’ll do well in that sense.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Remember only the Top 10 songs get points, there are easily 10 songs better than this. If they are fortunate Bottom 10, but most likely Bottom 5 and I’m really sorry to say that.

Hello hi
Hello hi
4 years ago

I would place my bets on 12th / 14th placing ..

steve
steve
4 years ago

It’s modern, it’s fresh, it’s catchy, the boys can sing live- they really want it!

Jonas O'Neal
Jonas O'Neal
4 years ago

Top 10? Really? I see this at most reaching 20th place.

Hello hi
Hello hi
4 years ago

It’s a decent song … Much better than UK 2015 which was a train wreck !!
I would say it deserves a top 15 place..

steve
steve
4 years ago

Things are certainly looking good for the UK. Obviously we wont (cant?) win, but the UK will do a lot better than most think- a top 10 I predict!