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Eurovision, You Decide

The BBC has provided us with the below press release for the UK Final, Eurovision: Your Decision, on 7th February announcing the songs and the singers

The six acts and songs will be played this week on BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce show from Wednesday 24th January and are as follows (in alphabetical order):

Asanda – Legends
Written by Christopher Wortley, Laurell Barker & Roel Rats

Asanda is no stranger to the stage having first wowed the British public when she appeared on the 2013 series of Britain’s Got Talent aged 11. More recently, Asanda starred as Tallulah in the Lyric Theatre, Hammersmith production of Bugsy Malone.
Asanda says about her song: “It is a unique song with a very energetic rhythm and has a tribal feel to it. I think the melody and the lyrics come together to form a very beautiful and inspirational message that is relatable to everyone.”

Goldstone  – I Feel The Love
Written by Eric Lumiere, Joakim Buddee, Laura White & Roel Rats

Goldstone are a contemporary girl group comprising of Aimie, Helen and Rhiannon who are all singers and actresses having experience of acting and singing on stage and on TV.
Goldstone say about their song: “We adore our song! It’s just so hopeful! And with everything that is happening in the world right now it really hits home. It makes you feel positive about the future and its message is that it doesn’t matter who you are, who you love or where you come from – we can always band together and unite.”

Jaz Ellington  – You
Written by Ashley Hicklin, Herman Gardarfve & Laura White

Jaz is an old-school soul singer and as a seasoned vocal arranger has been involved with music for most of his life.  Jaz says about his song: “The song is a story of two people in a relationship. The person telling the story compares everything his partner does, to the one he truly loves. It’s beautiful and yet sad at the same time, I just love it. #audiblegold.”

Liam Tamne – Astronaut
Written by Ashley Hicklin, Jacob Pedersen, Jeanette Bonde & Rune Braager

Singer and actor Liam has appeared in world-famous musicals such as Wicked, Hairspray, Les Misérables, The Phantom Of The Opera and The Rocky Horror Show to name a few.
Liam says about his song: “It’s a great song and I believe many people can relate to it. The message will resonate with a lot of people, as we all need that someone at some point in our lives to pick us up and whisk us away.”

RAYA  – Crazy
Written by Emil Rosendal Lei, Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir & Samir Salah Elshafie

RAYA is a multi-talented star, having performed all over the world in some of the biggest venues, she also has experience acting on the stage and on TV, as well as being a trained dancer, vocal coach and DJ.
RAYA says about her song: “It’s extremely catchy and upbeat with a really fresh and commercial feel. It’s all about that new guy or girl who you can’t get out of your head no matter how hard you try.”

SuRie – Storm
Written by Nicole Blair, Gil Lewis & Sean Hargreaves

SuRie is an actress and singer having starred as Fontaine in the 20th Anniversary of Les Misérables. She is also no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, appearing as a backing singer for Loïc Nottet in 2015 and Blanche at Eurovision 2017.
SuRie says about her song: “Storm is a smash! It’s a dynamic combination of a more intimate, piano lead, singer songwriter style start, building into this anthemic, soulful pop party!”

A couple of notable songwriters as well there – Ashley Hicklin will be the most famous to Eurovision fans as writer of “Mother” and “Me and My Guitar” and, of course, Greta Salome singing sensation from Iceland.  There also seems to be a fair number of Belgians or Belgian related people taking part.   We await what the songs actually sound like before we here at OnEurope critique them but i’m sure even as you read this there are some vitriolic people typing up the end of the UK in this contest.   Yawn!

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