Kyiv 2017

UK: Meet the artists competing in ‘Eurovision: You Decide’

Over the past three hours, BBC Radio 2 have played the six competing songs for this year’s Eurovision: You Decide. This is the second edition of the UK Eurovision selection competition. Last year the show was won by Joe and Jake who went on to represent the United Kingdom in Stockholm with You’re Not Alone. Let’s have a look at the songs competing for the ticket to Kyiv!

Song 1: Olivia Garcia – Freedom Hearts

Olivia is most well-known in the UK for reaching the final 6 in the girls category on last year’s season of The X Factor UK. She is 16-years-old and from Wigan. Her song is titled Freedom Hearts and is written by Gabriel Alares amongst others. Gabriel is a big deal in the Eurovision world after having a hand in 2015’s runner-up A Million Voices, performed by Russia’s Polina Gagarina. Last year he contributed two songs to the contest, Falling Stars for Moldova’s Lidia Isac and Icebreaker for Norway’s Agnete.
Listen to ‘Freedom Hearts’ here, via the BBC website
(Music and lyrics: Gabriel Alares, Sebastian Lestapier, Linnea Nelson and Laurell Barker)

Song 2: Holly Brewer – I Wish I Loved You More

Holly is already an experienced performer having supported Jess Glynne in concert and performed at various concerts and events over the years. In addition, her official website states she has been flown out to the Seychelles to perform at an elite event! She is from Milton Keynes and is 21-years-old. Furthermore, amongst the writers of her song is Laurell Barker who also had a hand in Freedom Hearts.
Listen to ‘I Wish I Loved You More’ here, via the BBC website
(Music and lyrics: Kevin Fisher, Courtney Harrell, Laurell Barker, Mattias Frändå, Johan Åsgärde and Oliver Lundström)

Song 3: Lucie Jones – Never Give Up On You

Lucie came to prominence in the UK after appearing on the sixth season of The X Factor UK in 2009 and finishing in eighth place after being controversially voted off in favour of Eurovision stars-to-be Jedward in the sing-off. 25-years-old from Cardiff, Lucie has since gone to have a very successful career in the West End as well as acting in various TV programmes including Midsomer Murders. Amongst the writers of Never Give Up On You is Emmelie de Forest, who of course won the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest. Emmelie had long been rumoured to be involved in this year’s British selection and indeed she is!
Listen to ‘Never Give Up On You’ here, via the BBC website
(Music and lyrics: The Treatment, Emmelie de Forest and Lawrie Martin)

Song 4: Danyl Johnson – Light Up The World

Danyl is also most well-known for appearing on the sixth season of The X Factor UK alongside Lucie Jones. He finished in fourth place, just missing out on a place in the final. Nevertheless, his audition is still considered one of the best of all-time. Danyl is 35-years-old and from Reading. Furthermore, he told OK! Magazine last year that he is still friends with Lucie and has been continuing singing, most recently contributing vocals to various dance tracks.
Listen to ‘Light Up The World’ here, via the BBC website
(Music and lyrics: Dan McAlister, Rick Blaskey, Greg Walker, Chris Sutherland and Ameerah Roelants)

Song 5: Salena Mastroianni – I Don’t Wanna Fight

Salena is a London-based singer whose Twitter bio tells us is a singer/songwriter and lover of UK garage and R&B. She has also auditioned for The X Factor before, wowing Gary Barlow in the process, and has taken part in events alongside the likes of Ed Sheeran! Salena’s influences include Jill Scott, Aretha Franklin and Christina Aguilera amongst others.
Listen to ‘I Don’t Wanna Fight’ here, via the BBC website
(Music and lyrics: The Treatment, Nicole Blair and Marli Harwood)

Song 6: Nate Simpson – What Are We Made Of

Nate is another former X Factor UK contestant. He reached the final 6 boys in last year’s series of the show which also featured Olivia Garcia. In addition, according to his official website Nate was heavily supported by BBC Introducing London and Berkshire who gave regular airplay to his EP. Most recently, Nate has been recording new material at the famous Abbey Road Studios!
Listen to ‘What Are We Made Of’ here, via the BBC website
(Music and lyrics: Jon Hällgren, Eric Lumiere & DWB)
What do you think of the line-up for Eurovision: You Decide? Let us know who your favourites are via the comments section below and via Facebook and Twitter @escXtra!

Ryan Cobb

My first memory of watching the Eurovision Song Contest was back in 2001 and, over the years, my passion and enthusiasm for the contest has very much turned into an obsession. I adore music and I love geography, so this contest is a natural fit for me. If la la loving Eurovision was a crime, I'd certainly be a criminal!

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