Sugababes 2022 - United Kingdom at Eurovision

The UK might be riding a Eurovision high, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the country’s artists are tripping over themselves to represent the country next year. Noughties girl group Sugababes have effectively ruled themselves out of contention.

Sugababes on Eurovision

Speaking to Fleur East on the Hits Radio Breakfast Show, the trio of Keisha Buchanan, Mutya Buena and Siobhan Donaghy were quick to dismiss any notions of going to Eurovision. “I’d prefer not to”, says Keisha. “My reasons are it’s just a lot of pressure to represent for an entire country”. Mutya echoes her sentiments, “me personally, I kind of feel the same”. Siobhan doesn’t deliver an outright no, but instead heaps praise on the UK’s most recent effort with Sam Ryder. “I love that we had such a great entry this year”, she says, “Because I really hate it when the UK doesn’t take it seriously”. Keisha concludes that “with the right record, I guess. I don’t know, but there is a lot of pressure to represent your country.

Sugababes were one of Britain’s biggest pop acts throughout the 2000s, enjoying a slew of pan-European hits like “Round, Round”, “Hole In The Head” and “Push The Button”. They’ve had a revolving line-up throughout the years with Eurovision 2009 singer Jade Ewen even being part of the group for a brief period. The current iteration features the three original founding members. They’re currently embarking on a reunion tour and recently delivered a triumphant comeback set at Glastonbury.

The United Kingdom at Eurovision

The Brits are falling in love with Eurovision all over again. Ever since Sam Ryder finished second in May, he and the contest are rarely far from the news cycle. “SPACE MAN” was a massive chart hit, becoming the most commercially successful UK Eurovision entry since Gina G’s “Ooh Aah… Just A Little Bit” in 1996. Sam also played at massive events like the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Concert and the F1 British Grand Prix. Meanwhile, the UK has become the frontrunner to host the 2023 contest.

Are you a Sugababes fan? Would you like to see them at Eurovision? Let us know down below.

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Misha
Misha
26 days ago

I love them, their harmonies are PERFECTION… but I do fear that if they do Eurovision would be again a massive flop for the UK… And I guess they know it. They were unable to do a propper comeback 10 years ago when the comeback single they released was a commercial failure and had to scrap the entire album they were recording. So better keep on doing nostalgia tour all over the UK and that’s it.

Denis
Denis
1 month ago

What is with countries and asking reunited groups past their prime to take part? Blue could not atttract enough votes. And dont mention No Angels…
ESC is about finding new and fresh, not re- hashing old cabin food as they say in Sweden

ben r
ben r
1 month ago

If they’re not gonna be in Eurovision or an NF, I don’t care

Torino Wonderful
Torino Wonderful
1 month ago

It’s that time of the year again. July and PED. What about an article about “what songs do you still listen?” I listen Brividi and others.

vetrina
vetrina
1 month ago

I love Sugababes so much but I prefer the lineup with Heidi instead of Siobhan

Yeah yeah fire
Yeah yeah fire
1 month ago

I thought it was Hurricane on the picture at first lmao

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

Olly Alexander was interested but he’s not signed with Tap music.

Hannah
Hannah
1 month ago
Reply to  Alex

It was rumoured TAP turned Olly down in favour of Sam Ryder (who isn’t signed to them either he’s with Parlophone).

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
1 month ago
Reply to  Hannah

Very inspired decision, if so.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago

They handled it well, no shade there like awful Steps.

Sugababes were a thing in the 00s but not anymore. Only pop nostalgia fans are following them passionately but the thing is they have not been performing much so not a good choice for Eurovision. TaP please stay on board…

Joe
Joe
1 month ago

The UK need another artist with a recognizably British sound/edge, like The Anchoress, Kat Nash, or Marina Diamandis. Someone who can do what Sam did on at least a theoretical level.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Joe

YES PLEASE MARINAAAAAAA she’s an independent act now but i doubt she wants the pressure of Eurovision… she would smash the Eurovision stage.

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago

All I hope for is that the UK doesn’t pull a ‘Jade Ewen’ and can send several good acts in succession, not that we get a ‘Josh Dubovie’ for 2023. Pretty sure nobody wants that

Lambert
Lambert
1 month ago

Would be a proven recipe for disaster. Better to be daring. Select both a good song and a contemporary act.

Robert
Robert
1 month ago

I would love to see them up there..

Samira
Samira
1 month ago

3 words, 10 letters: We don’t care

Tom
Tom
1 month ago
Reply to  Samira

They dont read the article then! Some of the people in this comments section are so toxic!

Hannah
Hannah
1 month ago
Reply to  Tom

They aren’t toxic comments but Sugababes and Steps “we are better than that” attitude towards the contest is not something we want.

Henno
Henno
1 month ago

Good, we really don’t want them. Old news, old hat for Eurovision…. please don’t backslide into this old veteran singer/band tradition, BBC…. NEW MUSIC, NEW ARTISTS at the CUTTING EDGE OF POP. Thanks.

Nils
Nils
1 month ago

They’ve had a couple of good songs 15 to 20 years ago, but come on … this is like Blue, Engelbert Humperdinck or Bonnie Tyler all over again. And we know how that went.

I thought the UK had learnt its lesson …

Nils
Nils
1 month ago
Reply to  Nils

Okay, fair enough, Blue had an okay-ish result. But still …

Nathan
Nathan
1 month ago
Reply to  Nils

I think it has learnt it’s lesson, this is just a silly speculative article…

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Nils

do not worry, no one asked them to do ESC.

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
1 month ago

Just as well as they aren’t the best vocally live act

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Euroboitoy

girl bands rarely do well.

Eurofan
Eurofan
1 month ago

Even though I quite liked a lot of their brand of pop I never rated them live. I saw one or two performances and they weren’t very good. Having said that it’s irrelevant anyway because they have made it clear that they aren’t interested. Sorry Wiwibloggs but this is really a nothing story.

ben r
ben r
1 month ago

If they’re not going to Eurovision, I don’t care

Pineaple
Pineaple
1 month ago

Here we go again with Wiwibloggs pushing has been yaas kweener friendly groups to represent the UK… they’ll be pushing Steps for the 173629th time next.

mad-professor
mad-professor
1 month ago
Reply to  Pineaple

In what world are the Sugababes a ‘yaas kweener’ group?

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  mad-professor

all the gays are following them, they’re not really commercially successful anymore.

julespania
julespania
1 month ago

I am voting for McFly!
Not known outside the UK, great musicians, with 2 amazing lead vocalists (that alone would give them votes, cause where do you have 2 perfect singers at once?) and they are a great live band, so no worries that they wouldn’t deliver. Would prefer a rock song like Dragonball or Corrupted though and nothing like „all about you“ or „obviously“.
That are just my 2 cents from a German ESC Fan.

Branko86
Branko86
1 month ago

Sugababes fear a result like Blue had in ESC 2011, that’s all.

Thallo
Thallo
1 month ago

If TAP Music collaborates with the BBC again next year, I presume we’ll have someone similar to Sam Ryder representing the UK (a relatively unknown artist with a large online following).

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
1 month ago
Reply to  Thallo

The same strategy does not work every year

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

they have said there is no formula, they just need a strong song that can be a hit with or without ESC and a new artist to launch a career.

Alex
Alex
1 month ago
Reply to  Thallo

honestly you guys, having an online following does not mean a single thing. It’s the same as choosing a has-been act because they used to be big in the 80s/00s (Blue, Bonnie Tyler). It’s ALL ABOUT the 3 damn minutes on stage and the song. TAP can find another successful act (song/singer)

Yannis
Yannis
1 month ago

You need to have real vocals in Eurovision

pretty_polly
pretty_polly
1 month ago
Reply to  Yannis

Not since they introduced the pre-recorded backing vocals, you don’t. Those saved the ass of many poor vocalists in the last two years (like Efendi).

Vivian
Vivian
1 month ago
Reply to  pretty_polly

To be honest it’s better having a poor vocalist with a good backing vocal than having both the singer AND the backing vocal be off key.

AndersP
AndersP
1 month ago

They’ve not been relevant for nearly 15 years; surely it would be like taking a massive step back for the U.K.

James
James
1 month ago
Reply to  AndersP

When they still had their ongoing legal battle with their old label with regards to the ownership of their bandname and temporarily went as MKS, they released a single that was quite good. L

They were planning on releasing more songs that time but all of that got held up because of legal troubles.

Also The Rasmus also had their time earlier in the millennium but not being relevant to today’s music scene didn’t stop them from representing Finland. I think the right attitude is needed to be able to fly the flag.

Emily R
Emily R
1 month ago

There’s a reason Siobhan left the band – she absolutely can’t cut it live

Jofty
Jofty
1 month ago
Reply to  Emily R

She should have joined Bananarama

Yudhistira Mahasena
1 month ago

Uh… I don’t think Sugababes would be that interested in representing the UK at Eurovision. They’re already famous. Eurovision is to give a chance for lesser-known names like Sam Ryder or James Newman to shine in the British music scene.

JP Cooper would be a great choice IMO.

Ohi
Ohi
1 month ago

I don’t know why this got downvotes. JP Cooper is an excellent vocalist

Laura
Laura
1 month ago

KSI would be great

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago

Go for Rina Sawayama

motopapi
motopapi
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

It’d be great but she isn’t a UK citizen :((

Arby
Arby
1 month ago
Reply to  motopapi

So?

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
1 month ago
Reply to  motopapi

She identifies as british and has lived there all her life so wouldn’t be a weird choice for the bbc

motopapi
motopapi
1 month ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

The issue is that she must be a British citizen if she wants to represent Britain iirc.
I just noticed people got me wrong. I didn’t say this as if I don’t want her to take part, I’d actually love her to do so

motopapi
motopapi
1 month ago
Reply to  motopapi

Guys, don’t get me wrong. I’d love her to take part of the contest and I love her style, but mustn’t one be a citizen of the country they intend to represent? Feel free to correct me if I’m wrong xd

Samo
Samo
1 month ago
Reply to  motopapi

There is no such rule and there have been many instances when it wasn’t the case in past editions of ESC.

Rall
Rall
1 month ago
Reply to  motopapi

You don’t need to be a citizen of the country to represent it. Victor Krone represented Estonia and he’s Swedish. Serhat represented San Marino twice and he’s Turkish. There are many more instances of this over the years.

Although in general I feel like they should be giving artists who are actually from the country or at least have a strong connection to it the chance to represent it.

motopapi
motopapi
1 month ago
Reply to  Rall

Ok, thanks. I haven’t been following the contest for too long so I didn’t know it was possible jaja