TV PREVIEW: Eurovision: You Decide 2019

WHEN?: BBC2 8/2/19 7.30pm

WHERE: Media City, Salford

This year’s UK Eurovision selection has an interesting twist: 3 songs will each be performed by 2 different artists with the winner in each duel competing against each other in the final round.

  • Read on for reasons including how we think these six entries will fare in Eurovision 2019

At this stage in the run-up to Eurovision: You Decide in 2018 we thought eventual winner SuRie had the potential to finish 16th to 20th – after an impromptu stage invasion she came 24th.

So who will be the UK’s 62nd entry and will they become our 6th winner, the 1st since Love Shine A Light by Katrina and The Waves in 1997?

The UK is an automatic qualifier for the Eurovision Song Contest final, which comes from Tel Aviv, Israel, for the first time in its 64-year history on 18/5/19, 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.

Running order has yet to be announced and so we’re listing these as the BBC Eurovision site has done so.

Holly Tandy Bigger Than Us (Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik, Jonas Thander) EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 16th to 20th

Co-writer Lundvik was 3rd in last year’s Melodifestivalen, Bigger Than Us is a better song than the 1 he competed with there and he returns to MF in 2019 to close the heats. Holly finished 7th in 2017 X Factor and, while country’s not a particular favourite genre of ours, this boasts a modern twist and rousing final chorus.

Michael Rice Bigger Than Us (Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik, Jonas Thander) EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 6th to 10th

This is the version of the song we prefer. The busker winner of BBC1’s All Together Now starts altogether quieter, boasts a crowdpleasing key change and a gospel choir which may be difficult to replicate if only 6 performers can take the stage.

Jordan Clarke Freaks (Jon Maguire, Rick Parkhouse, Corey Sanders, George Tizzard) EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 11th to 15th

The writing team here have worked with current acts including Cheryl, Little Mix, The Saturdays, David Guetta and James Arthur. This is our favourite version of this song and Jordan, a semi finalist on Britain’s Got Talent, is working a melodic, Sergeant Pepper goes Britpop vibe.

MAID Freaks (Jon Maguire, Rick Parkhouse, Corey Sanders, George Tizzard) EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 21st to 26th

Regular readers will know what West End fans we are and MAID members Miracle Chance, Kat Kleve and Blythe Jandoo met at drama school and have stage credits including Starlight Express, The Wizard of Oz and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Their version is slightly darker and less melodic than its predecessor.

Kerrie-Anne Sweet Lies (Maria Broberg, Lisa Cabble, Esben Svane) EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 16th to 20th

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This is our dream UK Eurovision entry. Lisa co-wrote 2013 winner Teardrops for Denmark performed by Emmelie de Forest who, in turn, co-wrote the 2017 Eurovision: You Decide winner. Kerrie-Anne was eliminated at Judges’ Houses in 2015 X Factor and her euphoric, old-school 90s dancefloor stormer builds into a dynamic final chorus.

Anisa Sweet Lies (Maria Broberg, Lisa Cabble, Esben Svane) EUROVISION FINAL POTENTIAL: 1st to 5th

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Anisa Moghaddam was named by the BBC Asian Network as one of its Future Sounds in 2016. One of the co-writers of this song was a member of A Friend In London who finished 5th in 2011 for Denmark. Her stripped-back ballad take is very different to its predecessor and might find more favour with a sophisticated Eurovision audience. It’s our favourite song (but not version) and we could even see this win the whole shebang with a strong charismatic and emotional performance.

  • Picture via Facebook courtesy BBC Eurovision. For more details about how to watch online and at Salford Media City Tickets
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