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The UK has taken a decent step forward with this revamped version of Never Give Up On You.
The BBC’s Eurovision: YouDecide! selection show has just yielded the fourth entry for Kiev.
In what was a typically poorly produced show, Lucie Jones won the combined public and jury vote with the Emmelie de Forest penned, Never Give Up On You.
On the night, Lucie was the only act able to sing live and command the stage, even though the presentation and sound mix was atrocious. The BBC styled the poor girl like she was in her mid-30s, wearing a dowdy, burgundy velvet dress with flat, frizzy hair. The camera framing was also off, with too much time dedicated to showing a pitch black audience. Luckily, Lucie won by virtue of the other acts being so poor.
Never Give Up on You should be easy to stage, but based on the You Decide! concept, I fear the BBC will once again miss an open goal. The view here is that Lucie needs to wear a light dress to emphasise the purity and lightness of the melody, while letting the LED backdrop and lighting narrate the subtle changes and progression in the song. On that point, the song does need reworking to be much gentler at the start, perhaps opening with a harp(?), then building with more orchestral layers as the song progresses. In current form, there’s not enough contrast between the verses and chorus. Likewise, Lucie needs to start soft and build without sounding too shrill at the end.
Back to the camerawork, Lucie needs to follow and interact with a steady cam while chucking in some Emmelie de Forest arm gestures, as she was way too static at the national final.
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The UK has taken a decent step forward with this revamped version of Never Give Up On You. The trance-esque synths during the chorus are sublime and they give the song a contemporary twist. Then the Massive Attack beat that comes in after the first chorus adds pace and lift the original version seemed to lack.
Visually, the BBC are on to something here. I think filming Lucie in ultra close-up is the way to go, giving the staging a cinematic/music video quality. I would even recommend they try and recreate those plasma balls in Kyiv. Looking at Jon Henrik Fjällgren’s Melfest performance, there’s definitely a way to add the 3D effect into the live feed, which would really help the UK stand out.
A word of caution, don’t put Lucie in that frumpy white dress; go with the black dress and windswept hair.
Can the UK make the left-hand-side of the scoreboard in May?