The last few years the UK have selected a well known person or group to represent them at Eurovision. We’ve had power ballad Queen Bonnie Tyler, boy band legends Blue and crooner Englebert Humperdink. The UK entry is selected by a committee and not voted for by the public so there was never a list of competitors or any live shows with competing entries battling out, so this article is based on some of the rumours we’d heard. It was a shocking change of tact then when they decided to go for a relatively unknown name: Molly Smitten Downes. But what were the other options?
Believe or not Ginger Spice was one of the hotly tipped performers that could have potentially represented the UK this year. While Molly’s song is great, I can’t help but feel that seeing a spice girl on stage in Copenhagen would have been fantastic. In the end it probably was the wiser choice given that Geri’s vocals aren’t that great and her artistry is somewhat dated and cheesy. Check out her video for her most recent song ‘Half of Me’ and you’ll see what I mean.
Reality TV stars have regularly been in the running for Eurovision- Jessica Garlick from Pop Idol represented UK, as did James Fox from Fame Academy and Javine from Popstars: The Rivals, and of course who could forget Jedward’s two year stint representing Ireland? It makes sense then that other reality stars would be rumoured to take to the stage in 2014. Top of that list seems to be Stacey Solomon. Although she hasn’t had much of a career in terms of music since competing in the finals of X-Factor, focusing instead on TV presenting, it could have been the perfect opportunity for Solomon to begin an new foray, using the world stage of Eurovision and a springboard. Check out her version of ‘What a Wonderful World’ below.
Sticking with the X-Factor alumni then, the next rumoured UK entry was the infamous Rylan Clark. Hate him or love him, there’s no denying that Rylan is entertaining with a certain camp quality well suited to Eurovision. However, he has gained a lot of criticism on the X-Factor for his singing abilities not being up to scratch so you can perhaps understand why he wasn’t the choice this year. Hear his rendition of a Spice Girls medley below.
Considering the alternatives, have the UK made the right choice in Molly? Is there someone else you’d love to see represent UK? Share your thoughts in our comments.