There’s no denying that the United Kingdom has one of the largest music industries in the world. Yet over the last decade its average position at Eurovision has been 21st. There are many possible reasons for the lack of success from the Brits. But it’s up to the BBC to come up with a solution.
In September 2019, the broadcaster announced a refreshed selection method, going internal for the first time since Electro Velvet were selected in 2015 with their electro-swing effort “Still In Love With You“.
This will be achieved through a partnership with BMG, who’s stable hosts a series of world famous UK acts. Naturally, fans have started thinking and dreaming.
We’ve had radio-silence from the UK delegation for a while now, but as we’re getting closer to the 2020 deadline to submit entries, rumours are hotting up.
Some are over-analysing tweets from artists; some have BMG’s artists page one too many times in their search history and some are just asking artists outright on social media to partake in the contest.
Truth be told we’ve been doing all three, so here’s a wish list of BMG artists and others we’d love to see fly the Union Jack at Rotterdam 2020
United Kingdom Wishlist for Eurovision 2020 — BMG Artists
I’ve seen so many of the fans contests where foxes has ‘represented the uk’ and done really well… so like, let’s just make that happen? Yeah? #Eurovision #Eurovision2020 #Foxes #UnitedKingdom pic.twitter.com/gXYeIi9O9d
— ESCLuke??????? (@escluke13) June 9, 2019
Foxes (real name Louisa Allen) is probably best known for “Clarity”, her collaboration with Russian-German EDM star Zedd. The track has over 200 million views on YouTube, and charted across the continent. Many an X Factor contestant has cracked out the acoustic version for their auditions.
Away from this mega-hit though, Foxes has had phenomenal success with her albums Glorious and All I Need, as well as singles “Let Go For Tonight”, “Youth” and “Body Talk”. She also made a stunning appearance in an episode of the sci-fi drama Doctor Who, performing her take on Queen’s “Don’t Stop Me Now”.
UK fans have been keen on Foxes for quite some time. It’s been a while since we heard from her, but as she’s still on BMG. Could Foxes be the perfect person to bring the trophy back to Britain?
Bloc Party / Kele Okereke
Noughties indie-icons Bloc Party have four UK top ten albums under their belt and a whole catalogue of anthemic tracks with famous hooks and crack out the air guitar. This would certainly be an unexpected choice, and would show a more risky style from the BBC.
However, both Bloc Party and their lead singer Kele Okereke (for solo projects) have recording contracts with BMG so there’s room to explore a new genre for the broadcaster. A large criticism of Team UK in recent years has been the safe choice of songs, so perhaps this could be a good way to make a statement?
British-Swedish singer Mabel is signed to BMG for publishing. She’s had quite the stellar year as she rose to the big leagues in 2019 with two top ten hits on the UK charts in 2019 (“Don’t Call Me Up” and “Mad Love”).
It’s unlikely she’d go for Eurovision any time soon as she’s at the beginning of a huge peak in her career, but this is a wishlist and we can dream. With her Swedish roots (her mother is Swedish artist Neneh Cherry), with a hint of Spainish flair (she was born in Malaga) maybe there’s more love for the contest than one would expect.
Either way, she’s producing smash after smash right now and we can keep hoping she’ll consider one day.
United Kingdom Wishlist for Eurovision 2020 — The Rumour Mill
Possibly, one day maybe. Do you really think so? Xx https://t.co/TcQyeyICId
— FLEUR EAST (@FleurEast) January 13, 2020
“Possibly, one day maybe. Do you really think so? Xx”, so tweeted Fleur East when asked by @cardwella92 if she’d consider doing Eurovision. Well, it’s certainly not a no.
In fact, Fleur seems rather open to it, asking fans what they think. One look at the replies, and it’s clear the answer is an overwhelming “yes”.
West came second in The X Factor in 2014 after some memorable performances, including a cover of “Uptown Funk” which was so popular that Mark Ronson brought the release date of the track forward.
Her debut release “Sax” got her a top three finish in the charts and more fame. She’s since had singles “Favourite Thing” and “Size”. Both are high-quality pop which would be a refreshing change for the UK in Eurovision.
please can we send @thisisili to eurovision cause i’d stan
— liv (@Liv_Liv_Liv__) December 15, 2019
Glaswegian ili (real name Emily Middlemas) is a fellow The X Factor alumni, though from 2016. She came fourth.
She’s since re-branded, putting out modern pop tinged with minimalism and great bass lines, like in “Plastic Knife”. Her EP Changes seems to be the beginning of great things for ili, and the UK Eurofans are out in force watching for clues on her Twitter feed.
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK had a hugely successful first season, with a highlight being when the queens were tasked with performing as two girl-bands. Drag queens Baga Chipz, Divina De Campo, and Blu Hydrangea became Frock Destroyers with the utter bop that is “Break Up (Bye Bye)”. The single released from the show even broke into the lower end of the top 40.
Since then, Northern Irish star of the show Blu teased fans on Twitter to get things started for Eurovision, and fans were lapping it up. Could we the world of RuPaul merge with Eurovision? A pre-Christmas petition gained significant traction.
Right, who do I contact to get the Frock Destroyers on Eurovision? I’m not even joking!!!!
— Blu Hydrangea (@BluHydrangea_) January 2, 2020
Those were our favourites from rifling through less than subtle hints from artists, and BMG’s catalogue of artists.
What do you think of our list? Who would you suggest? Let us know in the comments.