In 1981, she was part of the effervescent foursome who won Europe’s hearts with “Making Your Mind Up”. But now former Bucks Fizz singer Jay Aston is turning away from the rest of Europe, with the announcement that she will be a parliamentary candidate for the Brexit Party MP.
The news was confirmed on Tuesday when Brexit Party leader Nigel Farage released the list of 635 candidates who would stand for the Brexit Party in a potential UK general election. The party is focused on the United Kingdom leaving the European Union.
Jay Aston Colquhounis — she is listed under her married name — said in a statement, “I want to stand for the Brexit Party and fight to uphold democracy for the sake of the people.” She added, “As an MP, I will work to rebuild trust and help the Brexit Party make the necessary reforms to unite the country after we break free of the European Union.”
At the next election, Jay Aston Colquhounis would stand in the London constituency of Kensington. It is currently held by the Labour MP Emma Dent Coad.
Jay Aston isn’t the first Eurovision winner involved in EU politics. Ireland’s first winner Dana Scallon served as a member of the European Parliament from 1999 to 2004. Ukraine’s first Eurovision winner Ruslana is a pro-EU activist and peace campaigner.
Jay, the Fizz and Brexit
In 2016, former Bucks Fizz members Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston were booked to play the pro-Brexit music festival and political rally Bpoplive, after a number of high-profiles acts pulled out. However the event was cancelled. At the time, the trio said they did not endorse either the Leave or Remain campaigns.
Earlier this year, the three singers — who now perform as The Fizz — uploaded a parody of their iconic Eurovision performance. While lip-syncing to “Making Your Mind Up”, Jay and Cheryl performed a skirt-rip, where European Union flags were pulled away to reveal Union Jack underpants.
— Jay Aston (@JayAstonC) April 5, 2019
Jay has also had a somewhat gloomy perspective on the UK’s fortunes at Eurovision. Last year, when asked about the UK 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.”
Fellow Fizz member Cheryl Baker has been more supportive of the UK’s Eurovision efforts. In 2018 she cheered on SuRie, tweeting “We have a chance in #Eurovision2018! Superb singer, superb song.”
Bucks Fizz represented the UK at Eurovision 1981. The group performed the upbeat pop song “Making Your Mind Up”. It won the contest, giving the UK their fourth Eurovision win. “Making Your Mind Up” was a huge international hit, reaching No.1 in eight countries.
However, recent UK Eurovision entries have not fared as well. In the past decade, boyband Blue had the best chart placing with 16th for “I Can”. The UK’s most recent entry “Bigger Than Us” did not not make the top 100 of the UK singles chart.
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