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UNITED KINGDOM SEND JOE & JAKE

Words by Sascha Stolp. Photos by Edward Till
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On Friday, 26th February, the UK National Broadcaster, BBC, held the first UK national final for 6 years with Eurovision:You Decide at the O2 Forum Kentish Town. The show was hosted by Mel Giedroyc, a popular British television presenter and commentator for the UK broadcasts of the Semi-Finals of Eurovision. The contest consisted of 6 acts vying to represent the UK at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in May, and also included performances by last year’s Eurovision winner, Måns Zelmerlöw as well as the last UK winner in 1997, Katrina Leskanich performing her winning entry Love Shine A Light. Katrina was also part of the judging panel, along with Carrie Grant (part of 1983 UK Eurovision entry Sweet Dreams) and choreographer Jay Revell who will be working with the 2016 UK Eurovision act.

The 6 contests were Dulcima with their folk-inspired entry When You Go, Matthew James singing A Better Man, Darline bringing some country with Until Tomorrow, Karl William Lund and his entry Miracle, Bianca with her power ballad Shine a Little Light, and finally Joe & Jake with their entry You’re Not Alone.

EYD-JoeJakeFollowing all 6 performances, voting lines opened, with the winner chosen solely by public vote. The UK decided that Joe & Jake impressed them the most and will be their representatives at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

Joe Woolford, 21 yo from Ruthin, Wales and Jake Shakeshaft, 20 yo from Stoke-on-Trent, met when they both took part of the 2015 series of The Voice UK.
Their song You’re Not Alone was written by Schwartz, Justin J Benson and S.Kanes.

See their winning performance below, as well as some other photos night. Good luck Joe & Jake!



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UK NATIONAL FINAL ON FEB 26TH

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The BBC has announced that they will be holding a National Final on the 26th February 2016. Eurovision: You Decide, will be the first National Final show that the BBC have had in 6 years. The show will be hosted by television personality Mel Giedroyc, who Eurovision fans will remember as one of the British commentators from last year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna.

Eurovision: You Decide will feature 6 contestants vying to represent the UK at Eurovision. These 6 acts were chosen through 3 different methods. Firstly, the OGAE UK fan club shortlisted entries submitted from the public to the BBC. Secondly, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) ran a song-writing competition amongst its members. Finally former MD of record company RCA and founder of Innocent Records, Hugh Goldsmith acted as Music Consultant to the BBC overseeing communication with established record labels, publishers, managers, writers and producers encouraging high-level music industry involvement.

Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live on Friday the 26th February on BBC Four. Good luck UK!

Electro Velvet Performs at the UK’s Eurobash

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At the UK’s annual Eurobash, one of the special guests this year was the UK duo, Electro Velvet.  They actually performed their entry and took photos with fans.

When interviewed Bianca Nicholas explained her struggle this year.  When she came back from Eurovision, she followed and read all the negative press they received.  She fought back but over time she found that it actually has destroyed her confidence as a performer.  She now worries whenever she performs and gets herself in a state that she can’t mentally break out of.  She very rarely performs now so it was a real treat for her to perform for us.  She said that true Eurovision fans have been her only redemption from the experience.

Alex Larke announced that he didn’t pay attention to any of the press when he got back from Vienna and he is actually getting ready to complete his next project.  Alex has released a solo album with a fusion of different styles and will continue to grow from his experience.  He said that he didn’t regret his decision in participating in Eurovision but just wished that the UK general public would get behind their chosen entry regardless if they like it or not.