Who is the UK’s Eurovision 2016 entry? Song Contest selection winner revealed – Mirror.co.uk

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The United Kingdom’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be revealed tonight.

After years of disappointing results, the BBC have gone back to what last won us the trophy by putting the final decision into the Great British Public’s hands.

Radio 2’s Ken Bruce unveiled the six acts on his Monday morning show.

This year the public have the power and the six acts will take to the stage tonight on BBC Four at 7.30pm and we’ll be live blogging all the action at the bottom of this piece.

This year’s competition will be held in Stockholm after Mans Zelmerlow won the competition in Denmark with his song Heroes.

Electro Velvet represented the UK but could only manage to win five points, coming 24th with their song Still in Love With You.

But who’s up for this year’s entry?

Joe and Jake – You’re Not Alone

Musical duo Joe and Jake are hoping to win your vote to represent the United Kingdom at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden.

Made up of Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft, the singing pair both appeared on last year’s The Voice as separate acts but have decided to team up to win it for the UK.

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Their song You’re Not Alone is an up-tempo more modern sound and has been widely praised on Twitter after just one broadcast.

Before teaming up with Jake, Joe worked in his former high school as a physical education assistant, but his passion for singing was always at the forefront of his mind, as was rapping. He was selected by Rita Ora for a place on her team in last year’s The Voice.

Meanwhile, Jake was picked by will.i.am after he quit his job at a garden centre and dropped out of college to try his hand at music full time.

Bianca – Shine a Light

Bianca Claxton is a 25-year-old singer from Nottingham who had previously tasted musical success with girl group Parade.

A classically trained soprano and cellist, Bianca supported the likes of Shakira and The Black Eyed Peas on tour in the UK and now she’s taking her chances on representing the UK in Stockholm.

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She is a massive fan of Eurovision and it’s been her dream to represent the UK.

The song was co-written by the X Factor’s biggest ever winning success story, Leona Lewis .

Dulcima and Tom – When You Go

Dulcima Showan, 23, met songwriter Tomas Twyman aged 27 when they were both busking together on the streets of Canterbury.

Dulcima is a classical violinist who loves to play folk. They will both be performing the original song penned by Tom in the hope of representing the UK in Sweden.

Matthew James – A Better Man

Matthew James is another former band member going solo in hope of representing the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer, 44, has previously had a brush with fame as part of nineties boyband Bad Boys Inc, and their hit single More To This World.

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Matthew currently lives in South London and has continued singing for the last 15 years with the band Madhen.

Darline – Until Tomorrow

Darline are a country pop duo, made up of Abby Inez, 20 from Worcester and Càra Beth Beard, 18 from Hertfordshire.

Both girls play guitar and have supported The Shires on their UK tour, performing two thousands of people every night.

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They cite Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift amongst their inspiration.

Karl William Lund – Miracle

Singer songwriter Karl, aged 29, is originally from Liverpool and began writing the song Miracle whilst working in Greece as part of a Beatles tribute act.

He is self-taught at playing the guitar and his musical inspirations are Tori Amos, Prince, Kate Bush and Rufus Wainwright.

Joe and Jake have won the competition!

The duo will represent the United Kingdom in Stockholm in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

“I can’t even talk, it feels amazing,” said Joe before gushing with thanks for everyone who voted for them.

Jake added: “It’s going to be incredible, hope we make you all proud!”

 

It’s probably safe to say that Katrina Leskanich had a really good time during the Eurovision Song Contest UK selection show.

The former Eurovision champion – who won the show with Love Shine a Light in 1997 – was quite merry during her turn as an expert panelist, at one point shouting so loudly that it sent her mic funny leading to host Mel Giedroyc to comment that she’d turned into Doctor Who villain Davros.

But it was her performance of her winning song that caused the biggest reaction on Twitter with viewers asking if she was preaching and whether it was too late to send her to Stockholm in May instead.

“Has Katrina become a pastor in some Evangelical Church?” asked one viewer. Certainly sounds like it. Preach it sister!”

Read more: ‘Katrina Leskanich is DAVROS’: Eurovision Song Contest champion

 


 

Have the BBC cuts become so severe that they’re buying in morticians to fill the cracks, so to speak.

Seriously, I know it’s February but must everyone be so pale and dusty?

I’m worried for their Vitamin D intake. We must send them some supplements.

 

I feel like an awful human being because I cannot remember Jake’s name to save my life.

I’ve been calling them Joe and Jack all week.

 

There are Eurovision songs and there are Eurovision songs. This may be a Eurovision song. Make of that what you will because this was so middle of the road we’re all liable to be run down.

I suppose it’s sung well enough, and having two reasonably attractive people singing will help the more shallow of European voters vote for us, but that’s about it.

Read more: Who are Joe and Jake? UK Eurovision Song Contest hopefuls revealed


 

Musical duo Joe and Jake are hoping to win your vote to represent the United Kingdom at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Sweden.

Made up of Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft, the singing pair both appeared on last year’s The Voice as separate acts but have decided to team up to win it for the UK.

Their song You’re Not Alone is an up-tempo more modern sound and has been widely praised on Twitter after just one broadcast.

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Before teaming up with Jake, Joe worked in his former high school as a physical education assistant, but his passion for singing was always at the forefront of his mind, as was rapping. He was selected by Rita Ora for a place on her team in last year’s The Voice.

Meanwhile, Jake was picked by will.i.am after he quit his job at a garden centre and dropped out of college to try his hand at music full time.

Read more: Who are Joe and Jake? UK Eurovision Song Contest hopefuls revealed

Well that’s a turn up for the books. Davros lives!

 

Bianca hasn’t half got the look of Sara Lance from Arrow.

If a woman in black leather and a metal pole turns up later to stop a mugging, then Bianca Claxton is the Black Canary and I claim my £5.

Isn’t it weird how some songs can sound so much better live? This is definitely one of them.

I think I’d quite like her to win now. SORRY DARLINE.

 

The disappointment I felt when Patsy Palmer didn’t start singing her own updated version of Love Shine a Light is unrivalled.

Bianca’s a very good singer and a former girl band member to boot. Admittedly not a girl band you’d remember but I suppose one of the Spice Girls might be in for a worrying chance of winning and costing us a couple of hundred million.

Still, it’s sitting comfortably at number two for me.

Read more: Who is Bianca Claxton? UK Eurovision Song Contest hopeful revealed

Bianca Freida Claxton is a 25-year-old singer from Nottingham who had previously tasted musical success with girl group Parade.

A classically trained soprano and cellist, Bianca supported the likes of Shakira and The Black Eyed Peas on tour in the UK and now she’s taking her chances on representing the UK in Stockholm.

She is a massive fan of Eurovision and it’s been her dream to represent the UK.

The song was co-written by the X Factor’s biggest ever winning success story, Leona Lewis.

Read more: Who is Bianca Claxton? UK Eurovision Song Contest hopeful revealed

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INNER LIFE?

Are you watching the same show that I am? I’ve seen more life in an abandoned cemetary.

I don’t think I can cope with these sorts of comments.

 

Except for this…

He’s very matte look gel, isn’t he? A bit beige in both face and voice.

 

It was written by someone who was in a Greek Beatles tribute act. Is there really anything more to say?

Read more: Who is Karl William Lund? UK Eurovision Song Contest hopeful revealed

Singer songwriter Karl, aged 29, is originally from Liverpool and began writing the song Miracle whilst working in Greece as part of a Beatles tribute act.

He is self-taught at playing the guitar and his musical inspirations are Tori Amos, Prince, Kate Bush and Rufus Wainwright.

Read more: Who is Karl William Lund? UK Eurovision Song Contest hopeful revealed

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This is why people don’t dare insult Taylor Swift.

You get looks like that. Honestly. if looks could kill, Cary would be on life support at the moment.

 

It’s like we’ve got two of our own Taylor Swifts.

I was really impressed with this on Monday, now I’m a bit less so. Oh dear.

STILL, FINGERS CROSSED.

Also, fun fact, I’ve only just worked out how to pronounce DarLINE. You learn something new every day…

 

NOW THIS IS MORE LIKE IT.

It’s very The Common Linnets to me but a bit more upbeat and clearly everyone knows that if you want to win Eurovision then you do something very close to what the second best song did last year and just add a bit of speed to it.

We can’t lose with this (except we totally will). But we must talk about the name…

Read more: Who is Darline? UK Eurovision Song Contest hopefuls revealed

Darline are a country pop duo, made up of Abby Inez, 20 from Worcester and Càra Beth Beard, 18 from Hertfordshire.

Both girls play guitar and have supported The Shires on their UK tour, performing to thousands of people every night.

They cite Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift amongst their inspiration.

Read more: Who is Darline? UK Eurovision Song Contest hopefuls revealed

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