They’re the drag queen pop trio that regularly share their desire to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision. And, typically, most people take the Frock Destroyers’ song contest proclamations with a pinch of salt — although the subject has been known to make some British fans very agitated. However, if Northern Ireland’s Blu Hydrangea is to be believed, the group were actually in talks to represent the UK at Eurovision 2021.
Blu Hydrangea claims the Frock Destroyers were in talks for Eurovision 2021
The Frock Destroyers — that’s Blu, along with Baga Chipz and Divina de Campo — were apparently in the running to sing for Britain in Rotterdam. That’s according to the tea spilt by Blu at the Swansea leg of Netflix’s I Like To Watch Live tour. Sharing the stage with RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner The Vivienne, she says: “I was supposed to be [a Eurovision contestant] with the Frock Destroyers”.
She continues: “I’ll tell you a little secret. So, James… Martin? Is that his name? James something-whatever-his-f***ing-name-was dropped out for three months. And in those three months, the Frock Destroyers had meetings with Eurovision. We were supposed to be on it in 2021!”.
Channelling Eurovision 2019 host Assi Azar, The Vivienne responds with “and then they didn’t”. This leaves Blu to wrap up her tale by declaring: “that’s the tea. And that’s the end of the story. Hahaha, but we were supposed to and we were in meetings! And it never happened and fingers crossed for 2022”.
The history books show that James Newman ended up representing the UK at Eurovision 2021 with “Embers”, after missing out in 2020 due to the contest’s cancellation. His selection arose from the BBC’s collaboration with music company BMG. Neither he nor the BBC have responded on Blu Hydranea’s story. However, James had publicly confirmed his wish to go to Rotterdam as early as May 2020, less than two months after the 2020 contest was called off.
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The Frock Destroyers’ campaign for Eurovision
The Frock Destroyers were formed as part of a music challenge on season one of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK. During the series, a fan launched a petition urging the Frock Destroyers to be selected as the UK act for Eurovision 2020. The petition reached over 14,000 signatures.
With Eurovision 2020 cancelled, the trio then set their sights on the 2021 edition. In December 2020, group member Davina told Attitude magazine that “We’re made for Eurovision. We would break the Eurovision curse!”
Then on the BBC’s 2020/2021 New Year’s Eve special, Davina talked about their 2021 plans. She said, “All being well, we’ll be on a world tour with FROCK4LIFE. And who knows — maybe Eurovision?”
Fan reaction to the Frock Destroyers Eurovision bid is mixed. While some support the entertaining trio and would love to see them at Eurovision, others feel that the BBC should stick with sending a serious pop entry.
However, with the BBC continuing to play it safe and sending middle-of-the-road pop acts to Eurovision — including this year’s disappointing nil points result — perhaps it’s time for the UK to take a risk and send the dragtastic trio to Eurovision.
What do you think? Should the BBC send the Frock Destroyers to Italy? Or should the UK stick with serious pop entries for Eurovision? Tell us your thoughts below!