Their new single “What the Future Holds” hit #1 on the UK iTunes chart almost immediately after its September 11 release. And on November 27, Steps will drop their latest album via BMG, the label helping the BBC to choose its Eurovision 2021 act. Could the future finally hold a spot at Eurovision for Claire, Faye, H, Lee and Lisa?
Well plenty of Eurovision fans are ready for them to Light Up the World — and the Rotterdam stage — with some Steptacular moves…and we are here for the Buzz. So, without any Tears on the Dancefloor, here are 5 reasons we’d love to see Steps at Eurovision.
Steps don’t play — they slay
Three years ago Steps staged the UK’s most successful comeback of the decade. Following a five-year hiatus, they dropped their fifth studio album Tears on the Dacefloor, entering the charts at #2. Unlike other reunions that are built on hype, but little else, they stepped it up, proving they still have all that chemistry and all those harmonies. Best of all they gave us gems like “Scared of the Dark”, which came with accessible choreography for all of us on the couch.
Eurofans love them
Speaking of “Scared of the Dark” — the song won the 2018 OGAE Song Contest. That is, of course, the annual event organised by OGAE — the Organisation Générale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision, or General Organisation of Eurovision Fans — in which member clubs of OGAE compete with an original song released in their countries. The UK club chose “Scared of the Dark” — and Europe named it their winner. Could they do it again at the real song contest?
The time is right
What’s better than a Eurovision star? A Eurovision star with new music to promote! Steps will be hungry to hit the road (while minding social distancing rules, obviously) to share their new tunes. And BMG is promising that there will be tunes. Their press office writes:
“What The Future Holds is their sixth studio album and their most ambitious album to date that showcases the big melodic choruses of their top-tier bangers but also brings back the harmony-laden ballads and some atmospheric mid-tempos.”
Sia — yes, that Sia — even wrote the title track, which is already on loop in the House of Wiwi.
They describe it this way: “Built around a typically Steps-esque bittersweet refrain of ‘one foot in the past and one foot in the future,’ the album’s thundering, gloriously dramatic title track was penned by pop queen Sia and is the perfect statement for a band who have taken a wave of nostalgia and alchemised it into an album full of future anthems.”
They “could” do Eurovision
In July 2019, Claire Richards told BANG Showbiz that the group have a habit of texting each other about participating in Eurovision and that they “could” do it.
But apparently she gets nervous. “I am always the one who goes, ‘No, absolutely not!’, but then I watch it and think well, we could do it.”
The fact that they’re willing to think about it shows how in-tune they are with prevailing trends. The whole world is talking about Eurovision after the recent Netflix movie. We’d love to see Steps in the conversation.
They love Saara Aalto
Their talent, charisma and music aside, we have to give them props for supporting Finland’s Eurovision 2018 singer Saara Aalto. The group kindly enlisted her as their support act on their UK tour that summer.
Speaking to us at Kew the Music in London, Saara said that Steps were incredibly supportive and had been watching her opening act and knew all her songs. We love their love!
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