Grab your Union Jacks, confirm on the manners of your celebration diversion and postpone reality for the next few months – Eurovision 2018 is strictly underway.
This year’s Eurovision Song Contest takes place in Lisbon, Portugal on 12 May, and after the successful UK entrance last year from Lucie Jones, we’re anticipating this year’s act will take us even further.
The 6 acts competing to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest have been revealed, and there’s some informed faces among the ravel – including two former contestants on The Voice and one Britain’s Got Talent alumnus.
Asanda, Jaz Ellington, Liam Tamne, Raya, SuRie and Goldstone will all contest on Eurovision: You Decide – hosted by Mel Giedroyc and 2015 Eurovision leader Mans Zelmerlow – on 7 February, when viewers will be means to opinion on who will be streamer to Lisbon.
The 6 songs will be played by Ken Bruce on Radio 2 this week – but before you balance in, see who’s anticipating for excellence in Lisbon…
Asanda – Legends
Asanda seemed on Britain’s Got Talenta in 2013 aged just 11 (yes, that means she’s only 16 years old, so be nice) so we doubt theatre trepidation will be an issue.
Alesha Dixon called the little diva a ‘diamond’, while Simon Cowell pronounced he’d never seen someone so immature with such extraordinary theatre participation – this bodes well.
Asanda pronounced of her strain Legends: ‘It is a singular strain with a very enterprising stroke and has a genealogical feel to it. we consider the tune and the lyrics come together to form a very pleasing and inspirational summary that is relatable to everyone.’
Goldstone – we Feel The Love
Goldstone is a girl organisation done up of Aimie, Rhiannon and Helen, who all have knowledge in behaving and singing. Which is promising.
The ladies contend of their strain we Feel The Love: ‘We venerate the song! It’s just so hopeful! And with all that is happening in the universe right now it really hits home.
‘It creates you feel certain about the future and its summary is that it doesn’t matter who you are, who you adore or where you come from – we can always rope together and unite.’
And we know Eurovision loves a summary of unity.
Jaz Ellington – You
The Voice fans will recognize soulful Jaz from series one of The Voice, where he reached the semi-finals after being selected for Will.i.am’s team.
Having worked as a music teacher and thespian many of his life, Jaz has copiousness of knowledge behind him – and calls his strain You ‘#audiblegold’.
He said: ‘The strain is a story of two people in a relationship. The person revelation the story compares all his partner does, to the one he truly loves. It’s pleasing and nonetheless unhappy at the same time, we just adore it.’
The Voice alumni don’t have a good lane record when it comes to Eurovision – bad Joe and Jake came third last with their strain You’re Not Alone in 2016 – but we won’t hold that against Jaz.
Liam Tamne – Astronaut
Liam is another person to connoisseur from The Voice, having seemed on series 2. Since then, he has turn a bit of a theatre star, behaving in shows including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Les Miserables, The Phantom Of The Opera, Wicked and Hairspray.
Not a bad CV, eh?
He pronounced of his strain Astronaut: ‘It’s a good strain and we trust many people can describe to it. The summary will ring with a lot of people, as we all need that someone at some indicate in the lives to collect us up and drive us away.’
Raya – Crazy
Bringing the party is Raya, who has knowledge in acting, singing, Djing, operative as a outspoken manager and a lerned dancer.
She pronounced of her bid Crazy: ‘It’s intensely familiar and upbeat with a really fresh and blurb feel. It’s all about that new man or girl who you can’t get out of your conduct no matter how tough you try.’
SuRie – Storm
SuRie is no foreigner to Eurovision – she was a subsidy thespian for Belgian entrance Blanche last year, as good as Loic Nottet in 2015.
She also worked on her theatre participation having won the role of Fontaine in the 20th anniversary prolongation of Les Miserables.
Speaking of her strain Storm, she said: ‘Storm is a smash! It’s a energetic multiple of a some-more intimate, piano lead, thespian songwriter character start, building into this anthemic, soulful cocktail party!’
You can listen to the full versions of the songs around the BBC Eurovision site.