Eurovision 2017

#UK The six songs reviewed, as they’re revealed

So after months of intriguing suggestions of writers camps, focus groups, and an admirable amount of footwork put in by Hugh Goldsmith – the man charged with the herculean task of improving the UK’s fortunes at Eurovision – lovely Ken Bruce is finally putting us all out of our collective miseries and playing us the chosen half-dozen this morning.


But will they be everything you hoped for? And is there anything that you feel that you could get attached to over the next few months? Well stay tuned for our early impressions on the UK’s big six, song by song, as they get revealed…

Olivia Garcia – Freedom Hearts
Starting slowly with some atmospheric electronica beloved of the North East of Europe at the moment (think Goldfrapp blended with hints of Aminata), it quickly snaps into another contemporary sounding urban stomper that demands that the vocals need to be bang on point on the big night. It’s the kind of thing that Anne-Marie would be singing on the Christmas Top Of The Pops, and a refreshing addition to the list. But whether it would quite work on that Eurovision stage is another matter, as the mind begins to drift once we get into the third minute. Still, with a decent performance this could trouble the scorers next Saturday, but sadly has the feel of a surprise accidental last come the big show. You may remember Olivia who got as far as judge’s houses on X Factor.
Click here to hear the song…


Holly Brewer – Wish I Loved You More
One from the slate of slightly dramatic groove ballads that often crop up in the more Eastern facing finals. A breathy voice and interesting call-and-response lead seamlessly into the kind of semi-anthemic hand-waver that you could imagine Louisa Johnson doing in the interval on X Factor. It’s not a terrible song, but to be honest, I think it pretty much lives up to its own title.
Click here to hear the song…


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Lucie Jones – I Will Never Give Up On You
This is the one they’ve all been speculating on since its co-writer Emmelie de Forest first Instagrammed from the Copenhagen writers’ camp, and it could be the one to watch. A fragile, introspective piano ballad, this will cut through the bluster of many of the busier tunes. But will having a show-winning name attached to it be enough to impress a post-Brexit British audience, let alone a wider international one should it win the UK heat? Expect this one to clear up in the fan polls, though, and be the early favourite with the bookies for this qualifier. Lucie’s another X Factor alumnus.
Click here to hear the song…



Danyl Johnson – Light Up The World
The uplifting chorus and parpy trumpets give this boybandy stomp through a memorable edge, and that big handclappy bit at the end is factory-designed to get maximum crowd involvement. But is it perhaps a little bit too similar last year’s selection? This one should all be down to the performance on the night. If this singer doesn’t engage or ooze charm it could be lost in the pack. I can guarantee though that it’ll get stuck right in your head for the rest of the week! You may also remember Danyl from The X Factor!
Click here to hear the song…


Salena MastroianniI Don’t Wanna Fight
At first hearing it sounds like another of those interminable peace songs that we get in every other local semi-final, but we’re reliably informed that it’s actually a metaphor for a rocky relationship. Either way, it starts gently, with some pregnant promise, before kicking into a mid tempo urban groove that drags it bang up to date, but begins to get repetitive pretty quickly. Ironically, I can imagine this being a radio hit of reasonable stature, but I’m not quite sure that it’s the right song to rest our national hopes on.
To hear the song, click here…


Nate Simpson – What Are We Made Of
Here’s one for the folks who say we should be a bit more like Sweden in our selections. Another with a Scandi connection in the songwriting bracket, it starts sparsely, then builds to sweeping expanses, before decaying back to vulnerability at the end. It’s the kind of thing you could imagine Oscar Zia oozing out at the MF, and would just need a simple treatment on stage to offer it maximum likability. The only song of the bunch with a clear third act progression, this could give us a decent mid table finish in Kiev – but it’s got to get out of this selection first, and that’ll be no mean feat in itself. Yet another X Factor old boy. That’s five from six, if we remember right.
To hear the song, click here…


So, what do you think? Anything you especially like – or indeed dislike? And will the UK make the left-hand side of the scoreboard with any of these? Let us know your thoughts.

Author: Eurovision Ireland

Source: Eurovision Ireland

3 replies »

  1. I disagree with the bookies choice of favourite song.I think Song 1. by Olivia Garcia’s (Freedom Heart).is the only song likely to have anything like a eurovision touch to it. All six songs are good .I especially like song 6.But the one that’s likely to have the most impact would be Olivia.with her song.

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