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.
I mean, I think those emojis in Rae’s tweet means “ummm…no thanks, hard pass”
Rae Morris would be amazing! Have been a fan of her for years, but I doubt she’ll do it, her “cool indie” reputation would be soiled, and all the hipster radios wouldn’t play her anymore.
Please take a breath and a step back. Consider what you are saying. No current act like Sam Smith, Dua Lipa, Little Mix etc are going to accept the role of representing the UK in Eurovision. As a big ESC fan, it pains me to say that at the moment it would give zero credibility to any of these acts. The British public do not buy the songs, even the winner doesnt even break into the top 10 any more. Our own songs rarely get into the top 40 and stay there for more than a week. The radio doesnt… Read more »
I love this. Artists from other Euro countries are reaching out to UK to bring Euro talents to the country. This is what Eurovision is about – helping one another.
Dodie would be great!! Also Jowst is good
Rae Morris would be awsome. She is such an interesting artist.
I still want to see one of our other languages represented, Welsh, Gaelic or Cornish would be amazing
If the BBC and the new consultant acknowledge these singers, next year will be a very good year for the UK.
I would love for Rae to do it. One of my favourite singers.
Tamar deserves a chance. She was robbed big time in Armenia
If that qualifies as being robbed, then you were also robbed big time with “Smelly Cat”, dear Phoebe.
Well, her ability of being a good loser was apparantly robbed aswell. Seriously, Armenia wouldn’t have gotten far with her… Possibly further than with Sevak, but come on. That song was good as a studio cut but the live version lacked any charm.
I didn’t say she necessarily should have been sent to ESC. She definitely deserved the national final though.
IDK if you guys have ever heard of them or if they’re interested but I think Koven should enter You Decide. Their latest single, Voices, literally just blew out of the water!
Someone PLEASE write a good song for Sam bailey, her voice is out of this world, juries will definitely love her
RITA ORA!!! should sing for UK
She took part before in the 2009 selection (which saw Jade Ewen pre-Sugababes take the reins of flying the flag) but withdrew soon after.
She’s one of the worst people in the whole entire world
Incredibly overated singer. All about image and appearing half naked at awards ceremonies. Outsung by Liam Payne, so that says it all.
I’m still holding out (and always will be) for Hurts to be the UK entry!
There’s also part of me that thinks Little Mix would genuinely consider it…
That part is probably sleaping cause in your Dreams only little mix would go to eurovision. Have you ever saw Adele in your dreams?
Hurts are far bigger in Europe than in their home country. I think we would actually have a realistic chance of a win with them on board.
Dua Lipa, Anne-Marie or Sam Smith should represent thel, if they want success. Or Clean Bandit
This is exciting but I’m sceptical. We have this hype every year hoping that well-known artists will appear in the national final and in the end we’re lucky if we have one act who made the finals of X Factor. I’d put money on NOT seeing ANY of the above-mentioned acts in EYD next year.
And then we’ll hear the 5 songs in January and there’ll be one decent one good for Eurovision and the stupid UK public won’t choose it xD
Finland 2018 was indeed an impressive lecture on how to fail bigly after hyping your act to no end. Nobody can claim barely reaching the final a success after that much unjustified hyping.
But Monsters was still a good song. And Finland has been in the final only for 8/15 times. And last time 2014.
It was a sucess because Finland unlike Sweden doesn¨t even reach final each year. For them reaching final is a incredible sucees. Thw result itself deosn¨t matter because Finland is used to reaching low. And the song was good.
I disagree. It’s not a law of nature that Finland has to do badly. And as far as Sweden in concerned, there was the year of 2010. And the year of 2008, where unfortunately those tasteless juries kicked the much better Macedonian entry out for you-know-who.
Hvala ne to JOWST, and all the X Factor rejects. The BBC need to get big artists like Little Mix, Dua Lipa, or Adele if they wanna get a decent amount of televotes, last time it happened was 2011 with a big boy band.
Adele. Will. Not. Do. It.
She still has too much to lose if she enters and flops; a lot more than Il Volo when they entered in 2015.
Little Mix is a toss-up.
For Dua Lipa, it’s a possibility.
Our biggest artists won’t do it. I must’ve said that to about a million people now!
Exactly! You’ll have to wait until Adele really falls off the wagon for her to even consider it. And that could be well after the year 2030.
Maybe Duffy would do it? That’d be also cool.
I know it’s still early and anything could happen, but I’ve got a good feeling about the UK this year ??
Rae Morris for the United Kingdom would be incredible
Also kudos to all these British artists for being so chill when their Irish neighbors have been a lot more cagey about performing in Israel.
If Dodie tried for Eurovision I’d die of happiness. The rest all sound promising too! Again, I’ve got hope.
Wow it looks like Eurovision is starting to get more credibility in the UK
You Decide should be really good this year
Lets hope for a top 10 next year
Never forget how salty Tamar got when she didn’t make the Depi Evratesil final.
Is it necessary to bring back the past though? Also, Sara de Blue did a similar thing too after Jessika and Jenifer Brening flopped in semi final 2 and I don’t see people lash out on her the same way people do with Tamar.
What about global stars like Charlotte Church, Connie Talbot, Dua Lipa, Ellie Goulding, and/or James Blunt? 🙂
Quite probably safe for Charlotte Church and James Blunt to consider Eurovision. With their mojos almost gone, they both got one foot across the border into “has-been” territory.
Charlotte Church or Katherine Jenkins to Eurovision with another song from Andrew Lloyd Weber and Dianna Wareen. That will in TOP 5 in final (Top 3 with juries and Top 15 with televote) result like Italy from 2018
Charlotte Church is an incredible shout and genuinely plausible!
Who wrote “La Forza” for Elina Netsajeva (Estonia)? Could they (or anyone else) write something like that for Charlotte, assuming she can still belt out a song like that?
why would anyone wanna see annoying jowst back in eurovision with another lame song
He still finished 10th. For the UK that’d be incredible.
With pre recorded vocals i Should add…. #notfair