Eurovision 2014

This entry was posted on Friday, May 9th, 2014

Our last chance if UKIP come to power next May…

We can talk about rebates. We can talk about fisheries. Hey – I don’t mind the ‘Imm’ word if you don’t. But ultimately when the British people cast their votes in an in-out-shake it all about referendum some time in the future, the gap between brain and pencil will be filled with the soul. Are we like these European people? Are they our brethren? Saturday night is one of those occasions when the answer is “hell no.”

Not only do we get gubbed year-on-year but the contest itself is a smorgasbord of the weird and the, well weirder actually. Yet hold on to your hats Nigel Farage and co. This year, we are in with a real chance.

Having experimented with, ‘if you cant beat em join em’ novelty efforts such as Scooch (22nd in 2007), a genuinely famous band in Blue (11th in 2011) and then last year, a legendary golden oldie in Bonnie Tyler (19th), this year we are going back to what has worked in the past – a female on her own.

Enter Molly Smitten-Downes (not literally of course), a 27-year-old singer-songwriter from Leicester. In the plus column she has good experience in Europe – she was a vocalist on German DJ Sash’s 2008 hit ‘Raindrops’, and appeared on Swedish electronica king Basshunter’s 2009 album ‘Bass Generation’. Her song, ‘Children Of The Universe’ is pretty catchy too.

Backing her to win is a little optimistic, and her relatively low price of 15.5 reflects patriotic punting rather than a genuine price. We haven’t won it since 1997, and only made the top five three times since. The UK haven’t even come close to winning for over a decade. But remember that the three top 5s we have achieved were all young females – Imaani in 1998, Jessica Garlick in 2002, and Jade Ewen in 2009. So take the 3.4 at Betfair on a top five finish. And go out and do something else on Saturday night.

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