In the 12 hours since we reported that the UK has confirmed its participation in Eurovision 2019 and another year of Eurovision: You Decide, artists have been going crazy for it on social media. They include acts of previous Eurovision fame and those known outside of it on the UK music scene. Some have stated they’ve already created their You Decide submissions and are busy perfecting them, while others have said they’d be keen to sing if someone hands them the right song.
First, some important background. The BBC have announced changes to the way submissions will be filtered through the process. The previous BBC Music Consultant is out, and Greig Watts now fills the role. British Eurofans are delighted to see a fresh face at the helm. Greig was involved with Asanda’s “Legends” — a firm fan favourite at Eurovision: You Decide 2018 — as well as Renaida’s “All The Feels” from Melfest back in March.
Tweets are already starting to roll out from artists who are interested in participating as an artist or a songwriter, and we’re getting pumped for what’s to come in Eurovision: You Decide. Let’s take a look who’s getting involved…
This one isn’t such a surprise. JOWST — real name Joakim With Steen — won fans over with “Grab the Moment” back in 2017 when he and Aleksander Wallmann sang for Norway.
He stated pretty soon after Eurovision 2018 that he was in for the UK in 2019. He has been passionate about submitting songs to the BBC due to the UK’s success internationally and its long list of iconic artists. JOWST could bring a modern sound to You Decide with his EDM style and great beats.
I still believe in #UKxJOWST ??
— JOWST (@JOWSTMUSIC) September 18, 2018
JOWST has certainly been a passionate member of the fandom ever since his participation in the contest, so UK fans would know they’re in safe hands with his production skills and passion for the project. Could he grab the moment for the UK and bring out a banger?
He shared a post from the Eurovision Norway Facebook group speculating that he might submit on his own Facebook page, and added this detailed explanation.
“I decided I wanted to try to help the UK win Eurovision this time (not that I have ever won before) …UK has some of the best artists and songwriters in the world, but they don’t take part in this. If they could change that, they would change Eurovision.”
Rae Morris and Fryars
Rae Morris is an indie starlet-in-the-making on the UK music scene. With love heaped on her from the UK’s main current music radio station BBC Radio 1 on a regular basis, Rae would be an absolute coup for the UK to get for Eurovision whether it be as a singer or a songwriter.
Her song ‘Cold’ featuring Fryars had plenty of airtime around its release, and today Fryars quote-tweeted the BBC Eurovision account asking if we want Rae Morris involved. Rae responded with a series of emojis which could indicate she’s thinking of going for it.
— RAE MORRIS (@raemorrismusic) September 19, 2018
The responses have been very positive from Eurovision fans and Rae fans alike. Watch ‘Cold’ below. Do you think this atmospheric sound could work for Britain?
Eurovision fave Tamar Kaprelian has made good on her promise from a while ago that she was going to submit a song to the Beeb for Eurovision 2019.
After revealing the news of her submission to a fan on Twitter, she followed up with our very own William and provided some exclusive insight into her bid and connection with the UK. She is half-British and has full citizenship to the Big 5 nation!
Just spoke with #Eurovision alum @TamarKaprelian. She’s confirmed that she’s submitting a song to @bbceurovision: “My father was born and raised in the UK. My mom’s family lived there for many, many years. And thanks to their roots, I’m fortunate enough to have UK citizenship!” pic.twitter.com/aFKboKoUnJ
— William Lee Adams (@willyleeadams) September 19, 2018
Tamar, of course, represented Armenia as part of Geneology in 2015 with the song “Face The Shadow” and became a social media darling to many — even winning our prestigious search for Eurovision’s Next Top Model.
We were all pumped when we heard she was staging a comeback in 2018 with “Poison (Ari Ari)” for Depi Evratasil. Whilst the song didn’t make it to Eurovision, it did become a fan favourite — and one we still play today.
I sent in a submission 🙂
— Tamar Kaprelian (@TamarKaprelian) September 19, 2018
Bexley-born Sam is perhaps best-known to Brits as the winner of the tenth season of X Factor. A former prison officer, she performed on cruise ships and in clubs for several years before going on to become a platinum-selling artist and household name.
With a good song I’d consider it x https://t.co/lGlK9EQPpT
— Sam Bailey Official (@SamBaileyREAL) September 19, 2018
She has massive pipes and could kill any song handed to her. And she made it clear today that she is willing to do just that. Give her a good song, and she’d potentially be up for the challenge.
Other artists in demand…
Whilst these are the main names already throwing their hat into the ring, fans have responded with some fantastic and fairly realistic suggestions of who they’d love to see at the contest. These include Amelia Lily of former X Factor fame and YouTube musician Dodie. There have also been plenty of mentions of ex-Eurovision acts including Molly Smitten-Downes (erm, yes please) and of course SuRie. Many fans are keeping the Song For SuRie campaign alive, hoping for several songs to be presented for SuRie to sing so that she can return next year after her stage invasion this year.
On our Wednesday Wishlist this year, we were hoping for Nina Nesbitt to make an appearance for the UK at some point. The stunning Scot and other artists could yet pop up with their You Decide submissions over the coming weeks. The window closes on Friday October 26th.