If you’re not a fan of Eurovision – well most people aren’t fans exactly as much as like it in a “so-bad-it’s-good” way – you know that the UK has not had much luck with its entries for the last 20+ years, ever since Katrina and the Waves (yes, the “Walking on Sunshine” group) won in 1997. They’ve tried many methods of choosing an entry, with BBC sometimes choosing it themselves or allowing the public to vote. The result, unfortunately, has been a run of terrible songs, not made better even when sung by familiar names like Engleburt Humperdink (2012) and Bonnie Tyler (2013). Last year’s entry, Michael Rice with “Bigger Than Us” came in dead last.
So, this year the BBC decided they would partner with BMG and again pick their own song and singer. Couldn’t do any worse, right?
The choice this year is James Newman (brother of John Newman who has scored some UK hits in the past) with “My Last Breath”. Sounds like a typical Eurovision song, which is an improvement over the past few years where the entries haven’t even reached that standard of terrible. But a winner?
We’ll see. The UK entry, no matter how horrid, is guaranteed a spot in the finale. Tune in May 16th to see if they can pull out a miracle.