On Monday Freya Ridings debunked the rumour that she’s the UK’s Eurovision 2023 singer. But the rumour mill still has plenty of other names to chew on, from Rina Sawayama (whose photo recently went up inside the BBC atrium) to Mae Muller (who recently recorded inside BBC Maida Vale Studios).
But on Monday — with the release of Birdy‘s new song “Raincatchers” — our heads turned abruptly toward the Hampshire-born star. Pass me some aspirin, as I have whiplash from all that back and forth.
Birdy, real name Jasmine Lucilla Elizabeth Jennifer van den Bogaerde, rose to fame back in 2011. Just 14 at the time, she charted all across Europe with her cover of Bon Iver’s “Skinny Love.” That was her debut.
Fans have been whispering her name for weeks. The release of her song “Raincatchers” just a week before the Head of Delegations meeting in Liverpool follows last year’s BBC playbook.
You’ll recall that Sam Ryder released his Eurovision 2022 song “SPACE MAN” before confirming that he was the Eurovision act or “SPACE MAN” the Eurovision song. That allowed the public to become familiar with it without any stigma that may be associated with the song contest here in the U.K. Like Birdy’s four-minute number, Sam’s original release was longer than three minutes. Birdy would obviously need to shorten it ahead of Eurovision.
Eurovision would definitely amp up attention as Birdy prepares to release her fifth studio album Portraits on July 14. She’s also got several built-in promotional opportunities. For instance, she’s headlining at the Eventim Apollo in London in April as part of her European tour. Surely the home crowd would love to see its Eurovision 2023 act live and in person?
“Raincatchers” has a dramatic orchestral opening before going all ’80s alt-pop. Birdy seems to sing about a past love who made her worries disappear. Any angst and upset would flow away like rainwater, down a gutter and into a raincatcher.
“You made me feel like nothing really matters,” she sings. “Here in my dreams we’re raincatchers, come back to me like it was before.”
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