PREVIEW: Eurovision: You Decide 2018

WHEN?: BBC2 7/2/18 7.30pm

WHERE: Brighton Dome

We think this year’s UK Eurovision selection is the best since its 90s heyday (when Deuce were beaten by Love City Groove) and venture that there’s a potential Eurovision Song Contest winner in this year’s half dozen.

  • Read on for reasons including how we think these six entries will fare in Eurovision

The UK is an automatic qualifier for the Eurovision Song Contest final, which comes from Lisbon, Portugal, for the first time in its 63-year history on 12/5, but how would these potential entries fare there? Obviously, it’s impossible to tell without knowing all the entries but for a little fun we’re having a plump.

Goldstone I Feel the Love EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 11th to 16th

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Our favourite starts off like Sound Of The Underground by Girls Aloud, recalls Hole In The Head-era  Sugababes and has a chorus that reminds of our Motown-inspired favourite in the Norwegian Eurovision selection (decided 10/3) You Got Me by Stella and Alexandra. It may be our favourite because it sounds like it could come from the Xenomania stable but it’s probably a little dated to do especially well at Eurovision these days.

Asanda Legends EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 6th to 10th

The brass in this means it’s the most modern-sounding and we suspect Asanda’s performance will be livewire because she took part in the acclaimed production of Bugsy Malone at the Lyric Theatre in Hammersmith in 2013. She’s also a former Britain’s Got Talent contestant which bodes well for the live performance of this fan favourite.

RAYA Crazy EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 11th to 16th

Co-writer Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir has competed twice for Iceland in Eurovision in both 2012 (20th) and 2016 (failed to make the final). We’re loving the Scandinavian co-writes this year and Crazy is a quirky, modern-sounding entry with a nod to tropical house that we think will prove difficult to fall in love with.

Liam Tamne Astronaut EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 21st to 26th

Do Ed Sheeran records have B-sides? If they still do, that’s where Astronaut belongs. Competent but too dull to make much of an impact in this arena. His musical theatre background will help with the live performance.

Jaz Ellington You EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 1st to 5th

Slightly odd lyric aside, this is the best quality song in this year’s field which we could actually envisage winning the whole Eurovision Song Contest shebang. It sounds like a 60s soul song with a gospel singer and, while we’ve forgotten Jaz’s appearance on The Voice (semi-finalist, series 1 in 2012), it’s a record that sounds like it will be live where it really slays.

SuRie Storm EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 16th to 20th

Quirky folk from a singer who has performed back-up vocals for Belgium in 2015 and 2017. We don’t think her moment in the spotlight merits a return to the contest.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy BBC Eurovision. For more details about how to watch online and at the Brighton Dome
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