Fresh from doing the rounds of the pre-party circuit, Joe and Jake returned to home their home turf, making a guest appearance on The Graham Norton Show. Their energetic performance impressed not just the host but also show guests Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant.

It’s now a tradition for the UK’s Eurovision act to stop by The Graham Norton Show and perform their song, as well as having a chat with Norton, who moonlights as the UK’s Eurovision grand final commentator.

Joe and Jake performed “You’re Not Alone”, expertly delivering their tight vocal harmonies. Their staging was similar to the national final and music video, with two drummers playing alongside Joe and Jake, suggesting that this might also be the basis of their Stockholm staging.

https://youtu.be/4w7yGfcDUuE

After their performance, Joe and Jake join Graham Norton for a chat, along with his celebrity guests Meryl Streep, Hugh Grant and Keeley Hawes.

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Graham was intrigued by IVAN’s staging plans

The lads talked about their travels in Israel, and mentioned they’d met IVAN with his notorious nudie wolf plans. That led to much discussion of the Belarusian singer’s staging. Graham Norton was particularly interested in what was hanging between the wolf’s legs – its tail, of course.

Joe and Jake also shared their staging idea, which will use selfies sent in by readers. The duo got Graham and his guests to take a selfie with them, but Joe and Jake evidently forgot to read the entry guidelines – the BBC will only accept selfies shot in landscape format. There goes Meryl Streep’s chance to appear at Eurovision!

Joe and Jake will perform tonight at the London Eurovision Party. We’ll be there, with full coverage of the acts and their performances!

Joe and Jake at Israel Calling

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giorgio
giorgio
4 years ago

@mawnk you are right Patricia Kaas didnt win despite she is a huge star

mawnck
mawnck
4 years ago

“If a big artist did decide they wanted to go do Eurovision for us people would still moan saying we are cheating and it’s not fair”

Tell you what – LET’S TEST THAT THEORY AND SEE.

Cutie
Cutie
4 years ago

I was quite impressed. At the end it sounded like they had some backing vocalists that were not shown, which I’m so glad the BBC has finally started doing. I’m just praying the BBC don’t mess up the staging and the boys don’t get too nervous (please don’t get the deer in the headlights look, just act like you own that stage guys!)

mad-professor
mad-professor
4 years ago

@Robyn
With rumours still circulating about the potential closure/’going online’ of BBC Two, I’m starting to think the BBC doesn’t have the money. Sure, they could probably hold something like Vienna or do something similar to the BBC Music Awards, but I’d imagine they would want to go big given they haven’t hosted the contest since ’98.

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

@Robyn Gallagher: Indeed, I agree 100% with you. BBC can easily handle it.

Generally, Graham Norton sometimes says rediculous things about Eurovision that make me cringe. I love him as a comedian and presenter, but not as an Ambassador for Eurovision.

Fatima
Fatima
4 years ago

It’s my favourite UK entry since Beg Steal or Borrow. In my house, that’s extremely high praise.

Criticca
Criticca
4 years ago

Thanks for the article wiwibloggs! You can these lads have been practicing for the actual live on ESC. You can see some elements from the preview clip/MV on this performance. They’ve been working alongside the famed stage director Jay Revell who’s credits include Ella Eyre and Ellie Goulding.

Trala
Trala
4 years ago

Cute 🙂

Laburnum
Laburnum
4 years ago

Actually you know what? I really like this now, I somehow even prefer this to Russia…

Luke
Luke
4 years ago

What more can my country do guy’s, in past 5 years we’ve sent a boy band and people moaned, we sent two older singers and people moaned, we sent and anthemic song with a strong female artist and people moaned, last year we sent something completely different and people moaned. so this year we are sending an up and coming duo with a fresh modern song and people are still moaning. If a big artist did decide they wanted to go do Eurovision for us people would still moan saying we are cheating and it’s not fair

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4 years ago

@ Sal: They come across so amateur.
@ Sal: Frans will already take the teenagey-cute-ugly votes away from them with his superior and more original song

🙂 Is it kinda humour? Just, all the way around – it is Swede’s Frans is absolutely amateur with his anti-charisma – he looks like empty space on the stage, and his lackluster song and half-death so called “performance” – that is all about nothing. His “full package” is totaly – simply nothing. 🙂

Miguel
Miguel
4 years ago

This one has been growing a bit on me. Still far from being a favorite.

Wish they wouldn’t do all that jumping and fuss with their arms at the last part of the song. It looks boyish.

Shane
Shane
4 years ago

I honestly do not know why this is hated! It’s not a bad song. People on charts place it like 33rd and there a songs above it that are just ridiculous. I think Eurovision really is not about music anymore… It’s just about politics and neighboring voting. The Uk always give high points to Ireland and Ireland gives the same back. But us Ireland are outside Europe aswell as the UK and have got no neighbors so .. I think many countries should just withdraw! Also bookies are saying who their favourites are…. Therefore people are going to vote for… Read more »

mad_hat
mad_hat
4 years ago

I personally believe that this song is getting so much hate because it’s a UK entry – Finland’s entry in 2014 was somewhat similar and most people loved it. It’s very radio friendly and the guys can sing. I dare say it’s UK’s greatest effort in the past decade or so (except for 2014 which was just as good).

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

I just watched the whole of that Graham Norton show episode. Joe & Jake did really well. They’re so close now that they’re even forming sentences together! 🙂
Graham Norton typically told them to do the UK proud, but also told them “don’t win,” because “no-one wants to win,” as they have to host the year after. For goodness sake.
As for them talking about Belarus’ entry: “It’s far away” was Norton’s quip. Guess he won’t be coming together any time soon.

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

dayyum… they’re basically nobodies and yet they got to sit beside meryl. so jealous. 🙁

Österrike
Österrike
4 years ago

There have been worse songs winning the ESC, like Heroes, Only Teardrops, Running Scared or Believe

mawnck
mawnck
4 years ago

“the overall feeling is that no one likes them”

Nobody dislikes them. It’s just that they, and their song, are too bland to have much of an impact at the Contest.

“With good staging and choreography everything is possible.”

If that’s what you’re hoping for, I’m afraid I have some TERRIBLE news: This is the BBC we’re talking about.

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

Sal :- Yes Sweden will finish above the UK, but “If I were Sorry” is certainly not original and Frans’ vocals are questionable to say the least. We will find out tonight whether he has improved?

@EugeneESCUK
4 years ago

The improvement in vocals, harmonies and general performance is worth noting.

It may not be the best song this year, or a winner, but I agree it was “expertly” delivered. You can only do your best with what you have, you can’t ask for anything more.

A certain Swedish producer should also take note. It is interesting that both Frans and Joe and Jake perform live tonight.

Sal
Sal
4 years ago

Is this BBC really so short on money that no one can train these boys in staging/performance?! Like, AT LEAST, get someone to tell one of them (no idea if he is Jake or Joe) to stop flailing his arms about during the performance. They come across so amateur. Yeah, is better by U.K standards, but I can’t see this anywhere else but bottom 10 come May. Frans will already take the teenagey-cute-ugly votes away from them with his superior and more original song, and if Denmark qualify then this is dead in the water.

Hollandique
4 years ago

Hope to see a second single after the contest – I’ll write and produce it!! ????????

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
4 years ago

@Robyn Gallagher

Thank you very much! You are a really nice person!

John Doe
John Doe
4 years ago

This is an underrated song, unfortunately. With good staging and choreography everything is possible. I like these boys and I don’t care what well-known self-righteous people say about this song.

georgekirkas
georgekirkas
4 years ago

@Robyn Gallagher

Am I welcome to post here? I am asking, because some people say that I annoy them and I am really sad about that!

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

But I gotta say after watching their performance, i hope the staging idea gets fixed. As a viewer, i dont mind the simple performance staging (it might even stand out because of it!) but all the arm movements and stuff…yeah…lol their GF staging will probably include shots of the selfie backdrop and different lighting and pyros instead of focusing on them the whole time which is good. Best of luck!!
#TeamUK

Steven
Steven
4 years ago

Love the energy this song and these two give off!

Adam
Adam
4 years ago

I feel like im seeing more support for these two boys than i am seeing hate, but the overall feeling is that no one likes them? I dont get it. Their voices harmonize perfectly and their song embodies the essence of young, innocent, and “come with me for the ride” type of feel, which is why its my #1 this year. Not to mention the two are cute. lol With the right running order (and good staging) I think they can be a potential dark horse. But given the fact that the person who helps decide the running order said… Read more »

NL
NL
4 years ago

After the performance of Joe and Jake at Graham, the uk is now in my top 15 with all the other big 5 countries except Sweden is not.

Henry
Henry
4 years ago

Love these guys, gonna vote for them in the Final.

Poppina
Poppina
4 years ago

At least they have fulfilled one my dreams, getting to know Meryl Streep the best actress in the world!!! Jelaous!

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

Rumour going* around that* Romania… typos!!
I’ll watch Joe & Jake later today.

ARCHIFY
ARCHIFY
4 years ago

There staging I think will be really good, as the BBC likes to take chances. Like Electro Velvet and the light up things. And this year we will be apart of it!

David Who
David Who
4 years ago

Sorry i know this is nothing to do with the UK, but what’s this rumour hoing around thar Romania may have to withdraw?!
https://www.eurovisionary.com/romanias-eurovision-2016-participation-in-danger-due-to-financial-problems/

Paul D.
Paul D.
4 years ago

Meryl Street? haha just kidding, only a heads up