olivia garcia freedom hearts lyrics uk eurovision 2017

This evening, Eurovision: You Decide will determine which act represents the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2017. Six finalists — all former X Factor contestants — were revealed at the start of this week. We asked you which act was your favourite going in to the selection. Well, the results are in. With nearly double the votes of the next act, you want Olivia Garcia to be the UK’s act in Kyiv!

Olivia picked up around 35% of the 2,880 total votes cast in our poll. Her song “Freedom Hearts” has clearly resonated with y’all! Our Wiwi Jury wasn’t quite so sure, with some wondering just what a “Freedom Heart” was.

The song references Barack Obama’s “Yes We Can” phrase. It also hints at a “new start” and being “torn apart”, with a political lean running through the lyrics.

The 16 year old from Wigan appeared in the 2016 edition of X Factor and has gigged extensively in the UK.

Second place in our poll went to Holly Brewer with “I Wish I Loved You More”. Holly may have won our Wiwi Jury, but she was well behind Olivia in the poll. She picked up 514 votes, close to 18% of the total votes.

That put Holly just ahead of Salena Mastroianni. Salena’s “I Don’t Wanna Fight” polled 509 votes. That’s only five behind Holly! Could it be this close during the show?

Poll Results: Who is your favourite for Eurovision: You Decide

1. Olivia Garcia, “Freedom Hearts” — 35.1% (1,011 votes)
2. Holly Brewer, “I Wish I Loved You More” — 17.84% (514 votes)
3. Salena Mastroianni, “I Don’t Wanna Fight” — 17.67% (509 votes)
4. Lucie Jones, “Never Give Up On You” — 13.99% (403 votes)
5. Nate Simpson, “What Are We Made Of” — 7.93% (228 votes)
6. Danyl Johnson, “Light Up The World” — 7.47% (215 votes)

Total Votes: 2,880

Is Olivia Garcia your favourite for tonight’s show? Do you think that another act can cause a surprise? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below!

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mawnck
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mawnck

“Poor Danyl, was his performance sabotaged or what?”

In a way. Somebody mixed up microphones, giving Danyl’s to a backing singer and vice versa. Credit to the BBC’s audio guys, who corrected the issue pretty quickly. (Mighty tough to do live, since they wouldn’t know which mic Danyl is holding, and then they’d have to try and adjust both mics to the other one’s settings on the fly.)

Danyl was pretty pitchy, though. Hard to say if he got rattled by the mistake, or just didn’t have the chops. I feel bad for the dude.

Colin
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Colin

Holly, Lucie and Olivia were all pitch perfect anf with more expensive staging should easily hit top 10.

Poor Danyl, was his performance sabotaged or what?

Alex
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Alex

Not sure what the fans heard in Freedom Hearts… what exactly *is* a freedom heart? I think it’s going to be either Holly or Salena, probably the former with jury vote. None of the other four acts got nearly the same crowd reception.

Leo M
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Leo M

It started off so well with Holly and then it all went downhill from there Olivia’s performance was disappointing Holly the best by far

Josh
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Josh

Felt sorry for Danyl… clearly some sound issues at the start of his track. That’s not good enough by the BBC

Josh
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Josh

This is all about ‘Freedom Hearts’. Winner by a mile (or kilometre!) 🙂

Alex
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Alex

Wow, Holly with a great voice. What’s up with the lackluster songwriting in the verses though? The chorus is like 20 times better!

Alex
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Alex

@aMr: thank you!!!! with a VPN I was able to get this to work. Awesome!

ntata
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ntata

@aMr Thank you

ntata
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ntata

Any link for live streaming outside the UK??

aMr
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aMr
Alex
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Alex

Anyone outside UK with live stream link? This is ridiculous… I was able to watch it last year.

Thomas
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Thomas

Can someone please link the livestream?

Dom
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Dom

@Mark perfect! Thanks!

mad-professor
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mad-professor

Does anyone know where the pre-show is? Red button or iPlayer?

Colin
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Colin

Can someone find a link for live stream? Thanks!

an esc fan
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an esc fan

I mean that Nate’s song is not for jump.

an esc fan
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an esc fan

Swaying to the music … or jump ?
Is so much in fashion to jump.
Go Nate Simpson !

Mark C
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Mark C

@Dom
It will be streamed on Eurovision.tv for people outside the UK to watch.

Dom
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Dom

Does anyone know if the BBC stream will be available outside the UK?

cheesecake
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cheesecake

Either Olivia, or maybe Lucie, should win. The others are unbearable.

mawnck
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mawnck

Yep. If Olivia can hack it live, then she’s the obvious choice. If not … then nothing will matter. The other songs are boat anchors. They’ll stand out from the crowd like a tree frog stands out from his tree (ie not in the slightest).

fikri
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fikri

can’t wait for the show. i just wanna see mel giedroyc.

beccaboo1212
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C’mon Olivia, you can do this!!! 😀

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Well, despite a train cancellation, a train rage incident involving an arrest and delays on the tube, I’m actually in London now. Ready for Hammersmith, apart from having a bit of a cough!
It should be a lot of fun. I have no idea who is going to win on the night. Lucie and Danyl are amazing live, but Olivia and Holly have the best songs. Ooo

Leo M
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Leo M

Olivia or Holly is the best option for the UK. Both songs are very similar so it could come down to who performs it better live tonight. I wouldn’t rule out Lucie Jones either but for me, the song is boring. The other 3 are just awful.

sufle
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sufle

Honestly my support goes to the four women!

MarioMario
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I think Holly would do better. But I also wouldn’t mind Olivia.

FLORIN.ROMANIA
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FLORIN.ROMANIA

Go Olivia , u have my big support from Romania.

(J)ESC Fanatic
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(J)ESC Fanatic

Literally anyone could win. Salena would be the best choice, but I will be glad if any of the four women wins.

an esc fan
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an esc fan

She is only 16 and ESC is a tough world, she has hopes but Lucie might win.
I hope she will not be like Calidora from A Dal, who was favourite but ended last. It can be hard for a 16 y/o to face a cruel competition like that. She needs all the support she can get from family and friends. Maybe this is why Germany wanted only above 18.