This year’s You Decide! national final lineup has just been revealed on Ken Bruce’s Radio 2 show. Last year we had a Leona Lewis penned cast off in the lineup, but this year we have a song from a Eurovision winner; none other than Emmelie de Forest.
This Friday’s winner will be decided by public vote and a special panel of experts(?) consisting of Bruno Tonioli, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and CeCe Sammy.
- Olivia Garcia – Freedom Hearts – 11.0 @ Bet365
- Holly Brewer – Wish I Loved You More – 3.5 @ William Hill
- Lucie Jones – Never Give Up On You – 4.0 @ William Hill
- Danyl Johnson – Light Up The World – 4.0 @ William Hill
- Salena Mastroianni – I Don’t Wanna Fight – 7.0 @ William Hill
- Nate Simpson – What Are We Made Of – 5.0 @ William Hill
X-Factor judges’ house contestant, Olivia Garcia’s Freedom Hearts has a modern, pop production, but it lacks definition and balls. It’s a Melfest also-ran that just sneaks to andra chansen, however, it’s the best of the current sounding songs. Holly Brewer’s Wish I Loved You More, has more power and greater impact in the chorus and middle eight, but still only comes 17th in the grand final.
Raising the bar, the Emmelie de Forest song, Never Give Up On You, sounds the most compelling, but fails to build into something momentous. I’m told by a reliable source that Lucie Jones’ song has undergone a ‘make-under’ since the demo. I suggest giving it a makeover, adding cinematic orchestral layers as the song progresses.
Danyl and Salena are best left alone. Their songs would represent a poor choice for the UK.
Last up was Nate Simpson, our fifth X-Factor alumni with the soulful What Are We Made Of. It’s one that could shine on Friday, but at this point, I think we’ll be sending Lucy or Olivia to Kiev, so odds of 4.0 and 11.0 respectively is great value.
Who do you think will win on Friday?
Odds correct as of 12:20 23/01/2017