He’s a well-known silver screen personality. But did you know that the British actor Ben Barnes once tried to represent the UK at Eurovision?
In 2004, he was briefly a singer in the pop boy band Hyrise. They were in the running to represent the United Kingdom at the song contest in Istanbul with the song “Leading Me On”. However, the four-piece group lost out to James Fox’s “Hold Onto Our Love”, placing second in the national final. The band soon disbanded and that was it.
And now, speaking to The Radio Times, Barnes has revealed that he didn’t particularly enjoy his moment in the Eurovision bubble.
Ben Barnes and Eurovision 2004
His statement is a testimony to the fact that not everyone goes through the competition and falls in love with it: “That experience with the song-contest-that-shall-not-be-named did burn me a little bit”.
“It showed what happens if you try to do something that isn’t authentically you”.
Continuing his rant: “We sang the song three times and the next day I called up and said, I’m embarrassed, I can’t do this anymore”.
Ben Barnes the actor
While we may not agree with all of what he said, we couldn’t agree more about the need for authenticity. And it appears that Ben has found this in the world of acting.
Back in 2004, very few could have predicted that there was a future Hollywood heart-throb amongst the British national finalists. But Barnes went on to carve out a successful career in the industry. He is perhaps well known for playing the role of Caspian in the film adaptation of The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian.
He has also made a mark on the world of television, replacing Eion Bailey as Logan Delos in HBO’s science fiction thriller Westworld.
Ben Barnes on a music return
But has he made peace with music?
“(The Eurovision experience) made me wary of putting music out there,” he said. “But I am warming up to it again”.
And sure enough, Ben recently shared some videos on Instagram showing him singing. Is he ready to attack the charts once more? Only time will tell.
What do you think of Ben’s comments? Would you like to see him return to music? Let us know in the comments.