In 1981 she was part of the effervescent quartet who gave the UK its fourth Eurovision win. But 37 years on, former Bucks Fizz singer Jay Aston has a somewhat gloomier attitude toward the UK at Eurovision. The “Making Your Mind Up” singer recently confessed she doesn’t think the UK could win Eurovision again.
Jay now sings as part of The Fizz, along with former Bucks Fizz members Cheryl Baker and Mike Nolan. Speaking to Bang Showbiz, Jay expressed her doubts over the UK’s future at Eurovision.
She said, “I’m not sure we can win again, I think it would be miraculous if the UK could win. We have sent some good things over and we’ve always come in the bottom five. There’s no way we would want to do it again, I wouldn’t mind reading out the points though.”
Jay seems to be forgetting British Eurovision acts from the past decade who finished outside the bottom five. Acts like Jade Ewan (fifth place), Blue (11th place), Molly (17th place) and Lucie Jones (15th place) all delivered results that British fans were proud of.
And on the other hand, few fans were surprised when Electro Velvet placed 24th with the difficult “Still in Love with You”.
Jay’s comments — which imply that European viewers inherently won’t vote for the exceptional acts the UK enters in Eurovision — also ignores where the UK’s votes have been coming from.
In the past five years, the United Kingdom has received points from Albania, Armenia, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, FYR Macedonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Russia, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia and Spain. They all seem to have their minds made up.
The Fizz get festive
Jay is currently promoting The Fizz’s new yuletide album Christmas with the Fizz. The album, which is produced by UK pop maestro Mike Stock, features covers of classic Christmas songs, as well as a few originals and a Christmas version of the dreamy Bucks Fizz single “The Land of Make Believe”.
Their first single off the album is “Don’t Start Without Me”. The track is a catchy, upbeat ode to getting caught in traffic in the busy yuletide season.
Earlier this year, Jay successfully overcame mouth cancer. And while she may have reservations about the UK’s future at Eurovision, she has some advice for the BBC: “The Fizz should be on the panel to pick the song, for sure.”
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