Thee BBC has announced the lineup of artists and songs taking part in the first UK national final since 2010.
The event is being held at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, London on Friday. The show, hosted by Mel Giedroyc, will be screened live on BBC 4.
You can listen to the six competing entries by clicking here.
- Joe & Jake – Not Alone – 6.0
- Bianca – Shine A Little Light – 3.25
- Dulcima – When You Go – 9.0
- Matthew James – A Better Man – 11.0
- Darline – Until Tomorrow – 5.0
- Karl William Lund – Miracle – 3.0
Odds from WilliamHill.
Joe and Jake competed against each other on The Voice UK and have come together to sing the radio friendly Not Alone. It’s a nice, if not slightly forgettable song that doesn’t compare favourably to the likes of Softengine’s Something Better.
Leona Lewis has a writing credit for Bianca’s Shine A Little Light, and despite having a modern and powerful chorus, the reggae verses cheapen the overall package.
I lost my way through Dulcima’s When You Go, so I predict last place. Following was Matthew James with A Better Man, composed by Melodifestivalen writer, Peter Kvint. There were nice layers, but the song lacked the wow factor.
Darline’s country song was rather warming, and overlooking my initial reservations, I quite like this song. It has a subtle build and it’s the one song I can picture impressive staging for. It’s miles away from being a Eurovision winner, but it is the kind of thing Denmark would send to Eurovision.
Last up was Karl William Lund and his Swedish-composed Miracle. I wasn’t hearing the kind of miracle needed to get the UK’s Eurovision journey back on track.
Has the BBC uncovered a Eurovision gem?