The BBC has fulfilled its contractual obligation to provide the EBU with a Eurovision entry. Here’s Electro Velvet’s “Still In Love With You”:
Electro Velvet pairs up Alex Larke, the lead singer of a Rolling Stones cover band, with Bianca Nicholas, whose primary claim to fame is she auditioned for The Voice UK but didn’t get picked by any of the mentors. “Still In Love With You” was penned by David Mindel, an established songwriter of commercial jingles and theme songs, and Adrian Bax White, a songsmith who was also a member of the Tony Evans Orchestra, the self-proclaimed “Worlds No.1 Dance & Concert Orchestra.”
Here is the internet’s reaction to the United Kingdom’s entry:
This type of upbeat retro swing song shows up in national finals from time to time: Just this year we had MUZZART’s “Only Dance” (Belarus), The Su’sis’ “This & That” (Austria), and Bálint Gájer’s “That’s How It Goes” (Hungary). MUZZART and Natalia Barbu’s “Let’s jazz” (Moldova preselection 2011) are examples of the specific electro-swing sound that Electro Velvet embraces. None of these songs mustered enough support to make it out of their respective national finals. And “Still In Love With You” isn’t as good as any of these songs.
Remember BBC producer Guy Freeman’s manifesto for Eurovision last year? Particularly the part where he wrote, “Yes, novelty songs and acts do still turn up in the show, provide great entertainment and make good press – but they don’t tend to win?” We remember, but the BBC clearly doesn’t.
What angers us most about this year’s UK entry is how fast the BBC abandoned what could have been a good long-term strategy to find talent. Last year, BBC looked for a new singer-songwriter on its BBC Introducing site. Sure, that act fizzled on the big stage last May, but that doesn’t mean the strategy was bad.
This year, they still hired unknown talents to perform their song, but they selected a pair of singers with no history of working together and gave those singers a song co-written by the guy who composed the Jim’ll Fix It theme. It’s almost like they were so busy planning for the Eurovision’s Greatest Hits concert that they lost sight of the main event.