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Friday, January 9, 2015

Runner-up: United Kingdom 1993

It was a popular formula for the BBC: employ one famous act to perform all the songs in the national final. Great visibility for the singer and they were sure to send a big name to the international final.

How big a name Sonia was could possibly be debated, but she had been a Stock-Aitken-Waterman starlet with a couple of hit singles under her belt. Now she had new producers and needed a fresh reboot for her career.

I have no idea what she really thought about the songs she was set to perform. Previous UK entrants had complained about their lack of artistic control and several of them publicly stated their dislike for the entries they had to perform at the ESC.

Sonia's song was the same old UK eurovision song - a moderately updated version of a 60's-esque kind of pop song - but she really belted it out like her life depended on it and really made it work on the night.

A deserved 2nd place?
Well, why not? There were better songs in the running but Sonia give it one hell of a performance, and that alone could be worth a couple of 12-pointers.

Sonia - Better The Devil You Know (United Kingdom 1993)

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