1. Comeback of the year
It’s hard to envisage an act of their stature coming back with quite the impact that Steps managed in 2017 (and 2018). Their Party On The Dancefloor tour moved seamlessly into Summer Of Steps. Do supports Blue, Aqua and Saara Aalto foreshadow a Steps Eurovision bow?
- Read on for reasons including it’s our first entry after Brexit, so let’s go out with a bang
2. They’re a great live act who won a BRIT
They won the Best Live Act BRIT in 2000 and above show they’ve lost none of that reason for acclaim with a live performance of Starship’s Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now. They’re arguably also the UK’s most successful act of the 00s and perhaps we’re owed some payback. Clue: Is Claire Richards the best solo act never to have had a number 1? Would her unshackling be Eurovision 2019’s moment?
3. Some of the best new songs of the last 2 years
Eurovision success is a lot about the performance but there’s no escaping the need for a great song – and Steps have already given us an album full with Tears On The Dancefloor. The deluxe version and Party On the Dancefloor included Dancing With A Broken Heart (above).
4. They’re ABBA on speed
ABBA are Eurovision’s greatest act. Steps were designed to be ‘ABBA on speed’. A Eurovision Song Contest entry would mean Claire, Faye, Lisa, H and Lee finding their natural home.
5. First entry after Brexit, so let’s go out with a bang
The UK is currently due to leave the EU in March 2019, meaning next year will be our 1st outside the EU. Let’s show them how much they’ll miss us – and how much we’ll miss them.
The EU and Eurovision Song Contest are NOT connected. Do your research first.
Non-EU countries are eligible to compete.
re: “The UK is currently due to leave the EU in March 2019”. That’s totally irrelevant. The BBC will continue to be a member of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), as will United Kingdom Independent Broadcasting (which includes ITV, Channel 4 and S4C). The EBU has no connection whatsoever with the EU. Take a look at ESC 2017: host country Ukraine, plus several other participating countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Iceland, FYR Macedonia, Montenegro, Norway, Serbia, Switzerland are not members of the EU, but have broadcasters which are active members of the EBU. Australia’s broadcaster is an associate member of the EBU, but was nonetheless invited to take part in the ESC for the third year running.
Thanks both for your observations about Brexit and Eurovision participation. We’re not sure we ever said 2018 would be the UK’s last Eurovision. It’s a bit more nuanced than that.