Sunday, May 10, 2015
Finalist: United Kingdom
They have the most impressive string of placings any country has ever had in the ESC. They have made top two on no less than twenty occasions. It means they have won or ended in second place in every third contest to date if we include Vienna.
The last time it happened was in 1998 - brace yourselves but it will soon be twenty years ago - and since then the BBC lost their path in the most spectacular way and placed among the ten best only twice in the last fifteen years.
This year's effort looked like a tremendous fiasco already from the word go. The initial public reaction was negative - to use a real under-statement - and the press ripped it to shreds, labelling it the worst UK entry to date.
Let's be honest about things. It's really quite far from the being the worst UK entry. It is however a novelty song, quite far removed from any musical trends going on now, performed by a new act nobody had heard of prior to their selection. Easy to rip to shreds in other words.
But it's also a fun, happy, uplifting, whimsical uptempo number among far too many slow songs that the audience won't be able to tell apart, and that alone could do it a big favour in the end.
A potential winner:
No, far from, but given the polished and convincing performance the little voices in my head keep suggesting it will lack, this could score surprisingly well in the end. First top ten since Jade Ewen? Not impossible.
My grade: 3/5
Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You (United Kingdom 2015)