UK pop group Steps have long been on the wishlist of many UK Eurovision fans — but the group say they have banned themselves from ever competing in Eurovision. However this news comes just days after the group happily covered two Melodifestivalen hits on their new album.
The group revealed news of their self-imposed Eurovision ban in a recent interview with The Sun.
Despite the group’s popularity with fans both in the UK and abroad, group member Faye Tozer has a gloomier outlook and sees a lack of support that would only result in nil points. She explained, “When we have worked so hard to have people take us seriously, and not laugh, to be told: ‘Nil point’ would be such a shame.”
Faye also noted that group member Ian ‘H’ Watkins, “loves Eurovision and is keen.” This is a 180 shift from H’s comments last year, when he told an interviewer, “It’s not a song contest. It’s a political contest to get back at each other and it’s just not the right place for us. Sadly. I would absolutely love to – but for those reasons, no.”
Claire Richards from Steps was more reflective, adding, “It would be an incredible experience. But there are a lot of reasons not to.”
Steps cover Melodifestivalen hits on new album
While Steps are ruling out Eurovision, it hasn’t stopped them from covering two songs especially written as potential Eurovision entries.
On the group’s new album What the Future Holds Part 2., they have happily covered two songs that were in competition on Sweden’s Eurovision national final Melodifestivalen in recent years.
The first cover is Mariette’s “A Million Years”, which placed fourth at Melfest in 2017. Mariette co-wrote it with a songwriting team that included two Eurovision greats: Thomas G:son and Peter Boström. The song also won the 2017 OGAE Second Chance Contest, marking it as Eurofans’ favourite track that didn’t make it to Eurovision.
Their other cover is of “Victorious” — Lina Hedlund’s Melfest 2019 entry. The song placed just 11th in the final, ahead of only Malou Prytz’s “I Do Me”.
Steps previously covered Jenny Silver’s “Something In Your Eyes” — the 2011 song that competed in Sweden’s Eurovision selection show.
Steps also say they’ve love to team up with Eurovision legends ABBA. H from Steps quipped, “I want a project where Steps join forces with ABBA. We could be a super-group called STABBA.”
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