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United Kingdom
Artist: Lucie Jones
Song: Never Give up On You
odds: $51

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Kirsten Stewart has changed her name and her career and is representing the UK. Good to see that she can almost smile. Almost

This song really needs a dance remix and fortunately someone has made one that isn’t bad. It is actually better than the original song. Is it too late for the UK to alter their entry for this Eurovision?

This years’ song was co-written by the winner of the 2013 Eurovision, Emmilie de Forest. The Year before Emmilie won for Denmark, Jedward were at Eurovision and they finished 19th. Lucie finished 8th on series 6 of X-Factor after being knocked out by Jedward, and that is the circle of life.

This year’s song is called never give up on you, which is a bit too close to Never Gonna Give You Up as a name for a song. The UKs entry in 1983 was I’m Never Giving up. With these songs, maybe the UK should… Give up…

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United Kingdom.
Previous Entries: 58
Wins: 5 1967 Sandy Shaw - Puppet on a String
            1969 (shared) Lulu - Boom Bang-a-Bang
            1975 Brotherhood of Man - Save Your Kisses for Me
            1981 Bucks Fizz – Making your mind up
            1997 Katrina and the Waves - Love Shine a Light
First Entry: 1957 Patricia Bredin – All
Most recent entry: 2015 Electro Velvet - Still in Love with You
National Anthem: God Save the Queen


Joe and Jake - You're Not Alone

This is an early naughties pop song, a bit dated for Eurovision 2016. What’s worse is that it is performed by not one but two ‘talent’ show losers. Whatever, this is what the people voted for.

The Mirror called this song middle of the road, but then what would they know, they liked Darline best who were very off key in “You Decide”. If Darline had won it wouldn’t be the first time the UK sent an act that couldn’t sing. Who knows if any of the acts can sing. Maybe Joe and Jake could be another Jemini.

The boys need to learn how to perform and the tall guy (I don’t know if he is Joe or Jake and I don’t really care) better hope his hair grows a bit before Eurovision so he can have a decent hair cut rather than looking like a Special Ed kid. Or maybe they shouldn’t bother, listening to the live version they are definitely not going to win.

The Uk has given the world so much good music over the last 50 or so year. How is it that they never manage to send that to Eurovision. I mean look at 1978

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United Kingdom
Population: 64 511 000
Area: 243 610 km2
Language: English
Eurovision Attendances: 57
Eurovision wins: 5 (1967,1969,1976, 1981, 1997)

Electro Velvet - Still In Love With You

This song has been widely panned but I think this song is about equal to Scooch, the UKs 2007 entry, and they finished second last… so it could be worse, it could be Jemini

The UK often have high expectations from crap songs, but the daily mail takes the cake calling Jade Ewan a failure. She finished 5th! That is the only top ten finish for the UK in the last decade! She was not a failure.

This year the UK are sitting outside of the top ten, which considering they are already in the final, is not good. Usually when the rest of the finalists are decided, the Auto-qualifiers plummet in the betting. If this finishes in the top 20 it will be more luck than song or performance.

This year the UK used an internal selection to choose their entrant. Are you sure you should be doing that

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SPOILER ALERT: if you are yet to watch the semis, this is a list of the running order of the final, so the 11 non-qualifiers are not listed. if you don't want to know who qualified, stop reading now.

Other than an update  on the odds, this is mainly a copy and paste of what I wrote earlier in the week, mainly because it is not fair to base Denmark and the big 5 on their rehearsal and the 20 acts that qualified from the semis on their polished performance complete with gimmicks and effects, but Romania was pretty awesome in the end

Final running order )
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The semi performances will be the same in the final for those that make it. There are 6 that have already made it though to the final, most because they pay to.

The big 5 are German, United Kingdom, France, Italy and Spain and they are the the biggest financial contributors to the EBU. Denmark also Auto qualify for the Final because they allegedly sent the best act last year, they were at least determined to be the winner of last years contest.

so these are the other 6 rehearsals.

Auto-qualifiers for the final )

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United Kingdom has won 5 Eurovision, the last was in 1997.The bookmakers are putting this years entry in the top ten and have the UK the highest out of the Big 5. The UK may stay the highest of the big 5, but after the semis, I don't see this song in the top ten.

Artist: Molly
Song: Children of the Universe.

This will probably get 12 points from the Ukraine and a few reasonable scores from other western European countries, but that's all political and has nothing to do with the song being any good. It isn't bad, it just isn't good.

The greatest flaw appears to be the vocals. The quite verse is drowned by the music and she only projects when she is being 'loud', and with all her theatrical work she should be able to project and be quiet at the same time. She mangles it here. The lines are not well articulated.

In saying that, all the bad can be hidden by an amazing performance. Good vocals and an amazing performance and this could go top 5. I think around ten would be its best hope though.

The Bio for this act say 'the lyrics promote the universal message of love and unity', which can be a winner. Italy tried to unite Europe in 1990 with 'Insieme: 1992'

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Country: United Kingdom.

Debut: 1957
Previous Appearances: 55
Wins: 5 (1967 – Sandy Shaw 'Puppet on a String, tie 1969 - Lulu 'Boom Bang-a-bang', 1976 – Brotherhood of Man 'Save your Kisses for Me', 1981 – Bucks Fizz 'Making your Mind Up, 1997 – Katrina and the Waves 'Love Shine a Light')

Artist: Bonnie Tyler
Song: Believe in Me

The last time the UK won Eurovision it was with an act that first came to our attention a number of years before their entry and only had one song anyone cared about. This year the UK gives us Bonnie Tyler...

What I want to know is if for the live performance at Malmö they will put Vaseline on the camera lens for her. Also will there be sufficient time during the postcard to get the Vaseline off for the next act and is there enough Vaseline in the world for all the camera's that will be on her on the night.

This song doesn't impress me. It was recorded in Nashville and I think that shows but lets see how it goes on the night. The bookies give it a little hope, not much, and I don't give it any.

When talking about Eurovision, it is not always easy to Say Wonderful Things

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Performer: Englebert Humperdinck
Song: Love Will Set You Free

Everything thing about this screams out 'Naff!', Once you say 'Englebert Humberdinck', nothing after that seems to be redeemable, but this is just naff enough to win. Worse hings have won.

All I can do is sit here with my head in my hands and listen to find a reason why this shouldn't win. All the things that make this horrific also make it brilliant. it is perfectly simple, but it is a guy who is older than my dad singing it. He is nursing home material, not Eurovision material. 

I notice in the clip, the make-up artists gave up on hiding his age, and they did apply his make-up, quite obviously with a trowel. colour would have been good. The clip make him so pale that you could believe he wont make it to Eurovision. He has also stolen some of Bert Newton's hair dye, but none of this will get in the way of his potential win. I feel sick. 

Massive international star power often doesnt do anything at Eurovision. Seven years after winning Grammy's for Record ofthe year and song of the year, Domenico Modugno came last, while some 'star power' singers get Eurovision songs to be used in adverts, like the Uk's entry from 1973


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