It’s perhaps just as well that the United Kingdom is treated as one of the “big five” at the Eurovision Song Contest, given the fact that the rest of Europe has pretty much turned its nose up at what Ol’ Blighty’s served up in the past few years.
The UK has won Eurovision five times (the last occasion thanks to Katrina & The Waves back in 1997), but hasn’t placed top ten in the final of the competition in seven years, despite the high profile help of the likes of Bonnie Tyler, Engelbert Humperdinck and boy band Blue.
So how will Joe And Jake, both former contestants on the UK edition of ‘The Voice’, fare in 2016 with their single ‘You’re Not Alone’? One check of the betting sites suggests that they won’t be anywhere near the top of the voting order, despite the fact that the song’s not half bad.
It’s got a great hook, a great feel, a positive message and elements of U2, Coldplay. Conversely, it’s also got a cheap-as-all-get-out music video and an unenviable chart record in the UK (it peaked at No.64 on the UK iTunes chart).