Gemma Collins UK Eurovision 2022

She’s one of Britain’s most prolific reality TV stars. And while she’s done Big Brother, I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here, Masterchef, Splash! and more, there’s one gap on Gemma Collins’ CV — representing the UK at Eurovision. And now Collins, who first rose to fame on The Only Way Is Essex, tells The Sun that she has what it takes to win the contest.

Gemma Collins wants to represent the UK at Eurovision

Collins, who famously refers to herself as “the GC” in the third person, tells the tabloid that she was “absolutely gutted” when James Newman finished last at Eurovision 2021 with nil points. “I would have given him the world”, she says. The TV personality already has an idea for what the BBC can do in 2022: “Next year I think the Eurovision needs the GC”.

“I wouldn’t be doing a cover song either, I’d write my own original song or have someone write one for me”, she continues. “Either way, the UK needs the GC. And I won’t be getting nul points, honey.”

Gemma is already eyeing up potential duet partners. One is comedian Bill Bailey. “I’ve heard Bill Bailey wants to do it, so maybe we could duet.” If that doesn’t work out, she plans to do like San Marino’s Senhit and look Stateside to “tap up Snoop Dogg”.

The 40-year-old has limited music industry experience. Her biggest gig was on a celebrity special of the All Together Now talent show. She finished third. Divina de Campo of Frock Destroyer’s fame was unimpressed. As part of the programme’s 100-person panel, she said “I’ve heard hundreds of drag queens murder this [song], but this is the worst so far”.

Gemma has her own podcast for BBC Sounds, and discusses her Eurovision dreams in the latest episode.

Bill Bailey on Eurovision 2022

As Gemma alluded to, the popular comedian Bill Bailey has also offered his services to the beleaguered Eurovision nation. “I’d be happy to throw my hat in the ring for #Eurovision 2022”, he tweeted on the morning after this year’s contest.

Appearing on an episode of Good Morning Britain soon after, he revealed that he had actually submitted a song previously, but it was rejected. “A few years ago I sent in an entry to Eurovision and it was a kind of spoof eco anthem in the style of Dad’s Army, and the BBC said it’s too silly, we can’t have that. I just thought, ‘This taking it seriously, that’s not going well either, is it?'”.

He described James Newman’s “Embers” as a “serviceable song and performance”. Before continuing that “I think we’re missing a trick. I think we need to celebrate a bit of eccentricity, the kind of quirkiness and Britishness that doesn’t really seem to be coming across. It’s very well produced and put together, but it’s a bit underwhelming, it’s a bit bland.”

He added that”There’s always something percolating in my mind, a song, a rock song, something that celebrates… maybe we have a giant badger. I don’t know what it is but we’re not taking it seriously enough and taking it too seriously – we’ve got it the wrong way round. We should focus on the performance, on the visuals of it, make it into a huge big celebration of Britishness that sends it up a bit as well. And with some great hooks. Maybe some guitars, maybe some cowbells. There’s not enough car horns in it, I don’t think.”

What do you think of the proposals from Gemma and Bill? Would you like to see either of them at Eurovision? Let us know below.

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Ted
Ted
5 months ago

Gem Hun. I won’t allow this. You can sing to a point but you’re lacking the range and experience of performing a song on a big stage. The age of sending joke acts to the ESC has long passed.

Red X
Red X
5 months ago

Can she not go to ESC, as her vocals aren’t that good at all.

Alex
Alex
5 months ago

of course the only acts publicly speaking about wanting to represent the UK are drag acts, has-beens and untalented celebrities (like that blonde bimbo who took part in the national final in 2005). No serious acts…

I hope BBC does not fall for a novelty act and just keep looking for a great song performed by a TALENTED artist.

Boreal
Boreal
5 months ago

Please no more troll acts representing UK!

TJCat
TJCat
5 months ago

I think its quite funny how some people chatting on this thread as if this is a serious proposal. this story has come from Gemma’s mouth and not the BBC, she is merely passing a comment that she would like to do it

Eurofan
5 months ago

We are always claiming that we want other nations to accept that we are treating this contest with respect. To choose anyone like the truly odious GC would be a huge step backwards. This woman will do anything and I mean anything to get noticed. On a slightly different note, but still regarding the UK in Eurovision. Has anyone noticed that there has been a total blanking of the charting songs on the UK radio. We have five stations that get played at work, and not one song has been played, even our song. I get really annoyed when we… Read more »

Efraim
Efraim
5 months ago

Well, thanks, but no thanks, Ms. GC. A reality TV star with hardly enough singing experience to even qualify as a rookie is such an uninteresting concept in itself. And judging by that clip of All Together Now, I’m almost certain she’d be way out of her depth at Eurovision.

Taco
Taco
5 months ago

If the BBC allows this and embrace this idea, please never ever give the blame of the bad results to Brexit. We in europe have moved along, its time you do the same UK.

Han
Han
5 months ago
Reply to  Taco

Surely they wouldn’t if they sent her…

Oy oy
Oy oy
5 months ago

That a realitystar and a comedian wants to represent UK shows just how serious ESC is taken in the UK 🙂

Milos
Milos
5 months ago

There are three options:

  1. Let England, Wales,Norther Ireland and Scoland participate separately, as in footbal;
  2. Take a 2-3 breaks from ESC;
  3. Start treating ESC seriously, as all other countries. No one expects the UK to send its currently biggest pop stars but some up-and-coming band, yes? I honestly think that Years&Years would be perfect – they are not too big yet they are well known in some EU countries
Azaad
Azaad
5 months ago
Reply to  Milos

Option 3 please. Years & Years would be great.

Yorkster
Yorkster
5 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

I think Years & Years is a genius idea! Olly is a lovely guy who would embrace every aspect of the competition – he would be charming in interviews; he’s down to earth and eccentric enough to grab hearts and attention respectively; he is an authentic musician and would most likely write his own entry which would encompass heartfelt lyrics and emoting if a ballad; he could even bring the camp factor with a bop if he so wishes; and further more, his songs chart in the UK charts. Not to mention, he’s been on the Brits in the last… Read more »

Eugenie
Eugenie
5 months ago

I thought for a while about UK entry I would vote for and I understood that I really want to see something non-england’s from the country on ESC. Nortern Ireland, Scotland, Wells. They can bring diversity with their national languages. And , if UK wants camp-styled entry so much, I’d like to see men in kilts singing something sorta “Party for Everybody” in Scottish with one or two lines in English (or even without them). How do you think: it’s a bad idea?

Azaad
Azaad
5 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Yeah if the UK wants to go the camp route men in kilts is the only way to make it seem vaguely competitive. However, given the independent movement in Scotland, I don’t think the BBC would send an entry like that.

Eugenie
Eugenie
5 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

I think it would be a good political decision. Like “look UK cares about you”.

Yorkster
Yorkster
5 months ago
Reply to  Eugenie

Being from Wales myself, it would be lovely to see a song in Welsh at Eurovision – that could possibly have a more traditional/homely vibe do a degree I suppose, and Wales didn’t do too bad in Eurovision Choir… Having said that, Wales is KNOWN for their great choirs so I’m not sure if that would be akin to the regular contest.

Maybe once the UK earns the respect of the other countries though, after proving they are taking it seriously, a song in one of the gaelic/celtic languages would be a more welcomed addition.

Eugenie
Eugenie
5 months ago
Reply to  Yorkster

Gaelic language is simply beautiful! I would like to hear a song in it. And Welsh choir is a good idea too.

Yannis
Yannis
5 months ago

We had enough British reality and novelty tv stars trying to sustain there 15 minutes of fame by doing Eurovision! We want a serious artist to represent UK at last

Jake
Jake
5 months ago

Bless her, I love her but she wouldn’t go down well with Europe at all. At least she’d make sure she had staging.

Maybush
5 months ago

Why don’t they just stop considering novelty acts and send a proper singer with a good song and innovative staging or maybe just give up and leave it to the countries who take Eurovision seriously.

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
5 months ago

Bill Bailey is a very talented man and can play many different genres from metal to techno.

If the BBC wanted to go down the route of an established all round performer, he wouldn’t be a bad choice with the right song – not a safe song….the RIGHT song!

Another I would love to see take the challenge would be, actor/comedian/musician Matt Berry. His recent material is quite psychedelic….like his recent release “Summer Sun”.

miha
miha
5 months ago

Straight white middle-aged anglophone man thinks that what Eurovision is missing is him. Classic. *facepalm*

Jonny B
Jonny B
5 months ago

Please God no

name*
name*
5 months ago

Since Scotland is still a part of the UK, I’d like to see Alestorm in Eurovision. Their cover of Latvian ESC 2008 song is fricking awesome.

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
5 months ago

the should send the beatles

name*
name*
5 months ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

They will get zero points too. Unless they have Yoko Ono with her shenanigans.

Anne Marie
Anne Marie
5 months ago
Reply to  name*

Just Yoko Ono would be good too

CyxCy
CyxCy
5 months ago
Reply to  Anne Marie

A lot has happened in UK since the Beatles (And Sweet, Queen, The Kinks, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Pink Floyd…an I forget a lot). But there are plenty of young bands out there right now that deserve their chance. The other day I was talking about The Luka State (“Feel it”), which I find really excellent. I’m sure there must be dozens more, and UK listeners must have their idea (I’m just a French girl not an expert on the subject) Apart from rock, I think there is also another track the UK should explore: Celtic music. This year… Read more »

Henry
Henry
5 months ago

If this will happen another ZERO POINTS is guaranteed..

Tobias Andersen
Tobias Andersen
5 months ago
Reply to  Henry

i agree, UK get more ambitious please

D Scott
D Scott
5 months ago

Has anyone ever done 3 last places in a row? I think the UK has a great shot at it if they go in this direction.

Milan
Milan
5 months ago

And I would like a duet with Beyonce.

Shuma
Shuma
5 months ago

She starts off really strong in that performance, it’s only when she gets to the chorus that it fell apart a bit. With some coaching she could actually be a genuinely good singer/serious entry.

Craig
Craig
5 months ago

Just NO. On every possible level.

shin
shin
5 months ago

they should send dodie clark. extremely underrated.

K P
K P
5 months ago

“No” would be the short answer.

We actually need to send someone with talent, who can actually sing and perform. GC clearly doesn’t even know enough about the contest if she thought cover versions would be allowed.

Kredential
Kredential
5 months ago

Gemma Collins is hilarious but this attitude towards Eurovision is why the UK has finished last twice in a row. Please pick someone credible who is well rounded, doesn’t matter whether they are known or not. You can’t get any lower than a double 0.

Blackcat
Blackcat
5 months ago
Reply to  Kredential

I agree with you. The UK has lots of talented singers. Just ask the public to choose.

Pancake
Pancake
5 months ago

Who REALLY should rep UK: KOVEN, Tiggs Da Author, Jess Glynn, Becky Hill, Dutchkid, Pixie Lott, HRVY, Paloma Faith, Spencer Sutherland, Mumford and Sons, Beabadoobee, No Rome, Imogen Heap

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
5 months ago
Reply to  Pancake

Paloma! Mumford! Imogen!

Kirby
Kirby
5 months ago

Hey UK, please make “a little” effort.

honeybooboo
honeybooboo
5 months ago

If we’re on the subject of reality stars, a MUCH better choice would be Megan Mckenna. She actually writes her own songs and has released music, has won Celebrity X Factor, is serious about having a music career and has been to (I think) Nashville to record. She has the glamour factor and looks great onstage, has a stellar voice that can handle both big belting ballads and delicate, twinkly heartbreaker songs. If she went to the grand final with the song she performed on the X Factor, entitled ‘This’, she could do very well! For anyone who hasn’t heard… Read more »

Azaad
Azaad
5 months ago
Reply to  honeybooboo

Yeah, a former reality star who became a serious singer might not be bad as a one off, especially since McKenna isn’t as much of a laughing stock as the GC.

Red X
Red X
5 months ago
Reply to  honeybooboo

I think she’d make a better ESC artist than Gemma or Frock Destroyers.

Fast Food Music Lover
Fast Food Music Lover
5 months ago

I’m ok with this. I’m not sure if it will do well, but I’m sure most people will be entertained.

CyxCy
CyxCy
5 months ago

No, but seriously. The UK has spawned some of the most legendary bands in the history of music, some of its most illustrious authors, some of its most brilliant composers … and it comes down to a TV jug who wants to do a duet with Snoop Dog. But “help”, as four boys sang. I’m sure you have plenty of talented kids with guitar in hand, singers who had an universe, a personality.  I know it’s not the joy right now for festivals, but ask your teens what music they listen to, take a tour of the little stages that… Read more »

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
5 months ago

Uk are clearly going down the “if it ain’t broke don’t fix it” route. And who can blame them, its served them well up to now. Whats that? Oh yeah, ummm… never mind.

Paul Richard
5 months ago

This has to be fake news. A stereotyped entry. That’s one way to make us look like the laughing stock of the contest. It’s time we woke up and gave young, edgy, real talent a go. Time to fight back with a unapologetic song.

Vale
Vale
5 months ago

A duet with Katie Price! Oh FH, don’t they get that trash and zero originality will give Britain 0 point forever!?

Hannah
Hannah
5 months ago

Burn this idea now

Thomas Sturley
5 months ago

With all these joke acts being thrown around it shows the UK has no idea the real talent pool they have. Gemma Collins? Please. The Frock Destroyers???? The only one worthy of going to ESC is Divina De Campo who is a brilliant singer, if someone got her away from the other two she could kill it with a phenom ballad but alas they are only interested in Campy stuff. Its a real dire situation in the UK.

Leendert Jan
Leendert Jan
5 months ago

Oh please.

Anhel
Anhel
5 months ago

Every idea in this article sounds like a last place to me, but go off I guess.

Bella
Bella
5 months ago

Her biggest gig was on a celebrity special of the All Together Now talent show”… Enough said. This is what you get for treating ESC as a joke and mocking all the other countries for decades: only joke entries are interested now.

Fatima
Fatima
5 months ago

We don’t need a Gemma Collins or a Bill Bailey or someone who has won BRIT awards for something other than singing. We need a British Go-A, a British The Roop, a British Gjon’s Tears, a British The Black Mamba. Lee Smithurst, BMG and Co seem to be nowhere near finding an act like that.

Anhel
Anhel
5 months ago
Reply to  Fatima

I think a British version of popular Eurovision artists is the last thing you need. More like you need something fresh, genuine, unique. Unless that’s what you meant to say. The countries that do well in/win Eurovision are the ones that set the trends instead of following.

Fatima
Fatima
5 months ago
Reply to  Anhel

That’s what I meant Anhel, something as original as those acts were. Not exact copies.

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
5 months ago

Hey UK I have a crazy idea! What if… you know… make an effort? I think the last few years have proven you that you will get anywhere with a safe pop song.

Come on, you have the biggest music industry in europe and one of the biggest in the world! If you made a little effort you would be at the top 5 every single year.

Azaad
Azaad
5 months ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

The thing is, the UK would start getting hate if they sent the likes of Dua Lipa and Ed Sheeran and consequently got high placements by virtue of star power alone.

The BBC should use Eurovision to give UK famous acts the chance to be discovered by Europe, so contestants are local pop stars, much like with other countries.

OberonYronwood
OberonYronwood
5 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Then why not sending and up and coming bright artist like Rina Sawayama or others? The UK has so much talent, its a shame they Don’t use their potential 🙁

Poju90
Poju90
5 months ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

Uk Easy solution send Naomi Scott.

Azaad
Azaad
5 months ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

Someone like Sawayama would be welcome.

TJCat
TJCat
5 months ago
Reply to  OberonYronwood

I agree with what you say and so does 99% of the UK. Sadly it inst the UK population including the true UK eurovision fans who have a choice. Even in the years we had a national final we were forced to choose the best of a bad bunch of songs. So maybe instead of starting your post “hey uk” maybe writing “Hey BBC” would be more accurate. 🙂 However, the BBC can only work with what it gets offered or can attract, and unfortunately no current or “up and coming” UK artist would consider Eurovision either due to reputation… Read more »

canada_piano
canada_piano
5 months ago

whatever entry gemma sends, scooch would still be better

Miss Uncongeniality
Miss Uncongeniality
5 months ago

Gammal, darling, you can’t go to eurovision with a cover song

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
5 months ago

Never gonna happen for that talentless reality “star”.

Joey
Joey
5 months ago

God, this is awful.

Charles
Charles
5 months ago

Honey pie, guurl you are born to get nul points … try to say to hi Andy Cohen and get your own “nothing matters but me” show and … Bye felicia!

zelenovi
zelenovi
5 months ago

Wow. They… they *really* don’t get it, do they?

I love that they took a look at Maneskin, Barbara Pravi, Gjon’s Tears, Go_A, Destiny, etc etc and somehow concluded: yes, the road to Eurovision glory is joke entries by reality TV stars.

Last edited 5 months ago by zelenovi
Boreal
Boreal
5 months ago

They should give Asanda or Kerry-Anne a second chance with a cracking song and competitive stage designers.

Benny Hill
5 months ago
Reply to  Boreal

I second this motion.

Paul
Paul
5 months ago
Reply to  Boreal

I’m still not over Asanda

Colin
Colin
5 months ago
Reply to  Boreal

I agree. Both of them were great on UK: YD. The songs would have to be on the same level. And Asanda would have to either dance less or learn how to coordinate it (a lesson from Hurricane would be welcome).

Aeria
Aeria
5 months ago

I can summarize it in three words: No thank you