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.”
'We should focus on the performance of it, with some great hooks.'
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) May 25, 2021
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