The United Kingdom looks for its Eurovision 2018 act on February 7, with Eurovision: You Decide 2018. Six acts will sing for the shot, but only one can win. Our Wiwi Jury looks to give you an idea of what to expect and who could be the favourite going in to the night!
Goldstone are a trio of female vocalists, all of whom have plenty of experience on stage in musicals. Aimee, Helen and Rhiannon have been working together since 2013. Their song for You Decide is “I Feel the Love”, but is our jury feeling loving?
Goldstone — “I Feel the Love”
“I Feel the Love” Reviews
William: There are walls of sound — and then there are walls of noise. The more I play this on my computer, the more I want to reach for noise-cancelling headphones. Their harmonies are strong, but have a discordant quality that borders on grating, The lyrics, shallow and repetitive, would be mocked by Eurofans if they were sung in Moldova, Romania or Belarus. All that said, the singers clearly have dynamite voices and impress by enunciating precisely and accurately in word-heavy sections.
Cinan: Love these girls! They look pretty and have absolutely great voices. The song is a good one too, but sadly it’s not quite as good as some of the other entries in the selection. These girls give you chills when they’re singing. If only they had another, better song!
Chris: Okay, so it’s effectively just an early-era Little Mix song, but that’s not a bad thing. The entire thing feels identifiably British in production and style, which might resonate well with juries and televoters alike. The song is missing a final big “moment” towards the end, but if the Goldstone ladies can nail their harmonies live, that could be enough of a wow factor alone.
Deban: “I Feel The Love” reminds me of the British pop trio, Stooshe. Unlike Girls Aloud, who ripped up the British charts for over a decade, this effort is bubbling under the chart radar. Shouty in parts, and frantic in others, “I Feel The Love” loses steam with repeat spins.
Anthony: A gradual build-up serving “Bang Bang” realness, before it morphs into a blend of Little Mix harmonies and a Pitch Perfect musical. Although it’s enjoyable, it doesn’t seem to go anywhere after listening to all three minutes of it. Considering the girls are theatre performers, staging could play as crucial role as it did for Lucie in Kyiv.
Josh: Goldstone are taking inspiration from Little Mix, G.R.L. and O’G3NE and creating an entry that is both amazing and incredibly cheesy at the same time. “I Feel The Love” definitely gets my head bopping and my foot tapping. The lyrics are a tad on the cringy side, but these ladies sell it for all it’s worth. However, if they fail to hit those harmonies live, this is going to be an absolute train wreck.
In our UK Wiwi Jury, we have 16 jurors but only room for 6 reviews. The rest of our scores can be found below:
Before calculating the average score, the highest and lowest scores are dropped. This is to remove outliers and reduce potential bias. We have removed a low of 3.5 and a high of 8.
WIWI JURY VERDICT: 6.39/10
Do you feel the love for Goldstone? Let us know your thoughts on their entry and if you think they should represent the UK in the comments section below!
Great intro, it’s strong and dynamic. Great harmonies. However, I don’t like the chorus at all. It seems it doesn’t fit with the rest of the song.
Apparently this song and You were co written by former X Factor finalist Laura White.
The big problem for me after watching all the interviews is: they’re all so likable! Including Goldstone! I’m gonna be bummed no matter what happens because, bless their souls, the BBC managed to find a bunch of musicians who are genuinely excited and honored by the prospect of representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision, and that enthusiasm forgives even the bad songs. (That being said: even in the interviews, Asanda strikes me as the smart choice. Or Jaz. Frankly, I’ll be pleased either way – no matter what happens, it’d be another “song to be proud of” kinda situation, even… Read more »
1. Until Tomorrow – 10/10 2. Freedom Hearts – 8.5/10 3. I Wish I Loved You More – 8/10 4. Legends – 7.5/10 5. You’re Not Alone – 7/10 6. Crazy – 7/10 7. Shine A Little Light – 6.5/10 8. Storms – 6/10 9. What Are We Made Of? – 6/10 10. I Feel The Love – 5.5/10 11. Never Give Up On You (You Decide version) – 5.5/10 12. I Don’t Wanna Fight – 5.5/10 13. You – 5/10 14. Astronaut – 4.5/10 15. Light Up The World – 4.5/10 16. Miracle – 4/10 17. A Better Man… Read more »
I think it was just thrown into the selection for the sake of something different as it is certainly one of the bottom two songs for me. The chorus is not good at all. I also feel that this might be a struggle live for the group. Potential car-crash.
I don’t think any of them are from Manchester, but I wonder if lines like “I feel the love in my City” are a reference to the reaction to the terrorist attack there last year- anyone else suspect the same?
Giving the song an emotional hook could help it a lot (just another inevitable comparison to OG3NE)
Dont like the chorus that much here!! And the entire song is built in the catchiness of the chorus!! So I would be disappointed if this ended up representing the UK.
It’s catchy as hell, as well as filled with energy. Unfortunately, I officially rate it G for generic. It’s fine, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it means another 22nd-26th place for the UK.
This could be very good live. Difficult to judge from the recording alone. 7/10
It’s a cute song but it’s weak on drums and too repetitive.
For me it’s way too generic. I feel that I’ve already heard this song.
Right? I’m worried it’d be like Joe and Jake: cute and well-sung but ultimately forgettable and doomed.
If they just get rid of that chorus this could be a strong entry.
“The entire thing feels identifiably British in production and style”
Even the American accents, Chris?
Well, yes. British productions often go a bit American-sounding. It’s mostly because of lazy singing though. 🙁
This is my second place out of the six songs, I love it and it’s such a bop but even though it’s my second I don’t think it’d do very well in Lisbon. Either Asanda or Jaz would do well I think
I was Team Jaz for a long time just because I think his song is objectively the best, but Legends I could potentially see doing very well if it’s staged right, so that might be the smarter choice.
If Asanda and Legends is staged well then it could do really well! 😀