We know the names, now it’s time to hear the songs. The BBC revealed the six acts taking part in Eurovision: You Decide just after midnight. Songs are now being revealed both live on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show, as well as on the BBC Eurovision website.
You can find each song below, as well as more information about the artist, their thoughts and the songwriters:
This is a live post and will continue to be updated as the reveals continue…
Goldstone — “I Feel the Love”
Three voices are better than one? That’s what girl group Goldstone will be hoping for. Made up of Aimee, Helen and Rhiannon, all three are stars of the stage. Their credits include the musicals Six, The King and I, Les Miserables and many more.
Talking about “I Feel the Love”, they say: “We think the most interesting aspect of our song is that it’s so hopeful! It makes you feel positive about the world.” There’s another familiar name on their songwriting team; Eric Lumiere was involved with “What Are We Made Of” from last year’s show.
Asanda — “Legends”
Asanda’s first big British TV appearance came when she appeared in the 2013 series of Britain’s Got Talent. After wowing judges with her performance of Rihanna’s “Diamonds”, she made it all the way to the final. She’s since gone on to star as Tallulah in Bugsy Malone.
About her song, Asandra says: “I think the melody and the lyrics come together to form a very beautiful and inspirational message that is relatable to everyone.” “Legends”‘ songwriters include Laurell Barker, who co-wrote “Freedom Hearts” and “I Wish I Loved You More” in last year’s selection.
RAYA — “Crazy”
What can’t RAYA do might be the better question to ask. She’s done backing vocals for Hurts, danced for Little Mix and had a role in Mr. Selfridge. Oh, and she’s also performed as DJ around the world too. Eurovision is just the next step!
Her songwriting team certainly knows a thing or too about Eurovision, too. “Crazy” is co-written by none other than Icelandic favourite, Greta Salomé! RAYA says the song is not “your typical love song, it truly captures the essence of falling into that trap of obsessing over someone”.
Liam Tamne — “Astronaut”
Those high notes, y’all! Liam Tamne is another former The Voice UK veteran, where he made it through to the Battle stages in the second series. Liam also has stage experience, including playing Link in Hairpsray.
“Astronaut” is also co-written by Ashley Hicklin, as well as DMGP 2017 act Jeanette Bonde. Liam says the song is “so relatable and emotional. We always need someone to pick us up and help us through times in our lives that are so challenging and sad.”
Jaz Ellington — “You”
Jaz is a former The Voice UK finalist, making it all the way to the show’s Top 8 in the first series. Since then, he’s worked with his Voice voach will.i.am on a project for NASA. He’s also opened for Lauryn Hill at one of her shows.
As for the song? “It channels a very classic, soulful sound and yet the overall vibe is still current. It’s a wonderful fusion,” is how Jaz describes it. There’s Eurovision experience behind the song, too. Ashley Hicklin wrote Tom Dice’s “Me and My Guitar”, as well as Axel Hirsoux’s “Mother”.
SuRie — “Storm”
SuRie is the only artist of the group who’s been to Eurovision before. She’s participated as a backing singer for Belgium in both 2015 and 2017. But she’s been front of stage too, performing as Fantine in the 20th Anniversary edition of Les Miserables.
And that’s your entries! Do you think the UK finally has a winner — or even just a song to bring them back to the top ten? We’ll find out which song will be going to Lisbon live at Eurovision: You Decide on February 7, in the Brighton Dome.
In the meantime, make sure to let us know all your thoughts in the comments section below.