Jade Makes A Video!

We’ve just over a month to go until Eurovision 2009, and our very own entry – Jade Ewan – has just unleashed the video for ‘It’s My Time’ and it’s made me warm to it much, much more. Forgetting the jaw-droppingly bad lyrics, Jade’s managed to add a bit of personality and zest to the track, building it up and up before letting go in an almighty fashion on the last chorus. Plus look who pops up a minute in.

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(The Digital Dog remix is worth a poppers o’clock giggle.)

Eurovision 2009: The Netherlands

The draw for Eurovision 2009 took place today and we know now that the UK are performing 23rd out of 25. Good spot.

I’ve just started looking through the rest of Europe’s entries and an immediate high (low) light is Netherland’s entry from De Toppers. They’re all individual solo stars in Holland who’ve now come together to form this group. One of them has even released a whopping 22 albums. It’s all very strange.

The costumes are hilarious, the women look inexplicable, one of the men appears to be about 30 years younger than the other two and there’s a brilliant hands in the air breakdown towards the end. Never mind the extremely ridicuous keychanges in the last ten seconds.

It’s exactly the type of thing the UK will award 12 points to.

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Eurovision 2009

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Some people are scarily obsessed with Eurovision. To my friends, I probably seem the obsessed one, but in my case it’s only mild. However, in 2006, thanks to a couple of press passes and a why not attitude, my friend Darren and I went off to Helsinki to check the contest out. It was amazing. Finland was so excited to be hosting the contest and everyone but the UK seemed to be taking it deadly seriously. Of course, we sent Scooch, and fully deserved the bottom two placing we got.

Last year, I became Lucio’s official Eurovision ‘correspondent’ on Capital FM in London and had great fun engaging London in the contest. We discussed who the UK should represent, were horrified when the decision was made and then took to deciding which country London should vote for. We went for Ukraine’s strut-tastic Shady Lady and Ani Lorak even dropped in for a chat.

So this year, we’re claiming to take it a bit more seriously, mainly by getting the bizarrely endearing should be couple of Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd Webber involved. ‘Your Country Needs You’ replaces ‘Making Your Mind Up’ and started on BBC1 last night. At times it was spit at your drink funny but we didn’t seem to take the advice of Europe with the idea that we need to send an actual professional performer. Although Jade will certainly satisfy Adrian’s strutting criteria, surely her failure to make it so far, despite being signed twice must be an indication. The twins are frankly annoying and already failed at X Factor this year and Emperors of Soul were pointless. Solo men traditionally don’t do very well, so despite Damien and Mark seeming the most professional, I’m not sure they’ll win. That leaves the slightly lacklustre Charlotte. Not a brilliant selection – but in reality it’s more about the song. If Webby can pull together a fabulous ballad, then we’ll be in with a chance.

I’m vaguely tempted to go again this year, just because I really want to go to Moscow anyway and it’s a good excuse. I shall ponder.