Blue #2 to represent UK at Eurovision Song Contest

Posted: January 31, 2011 in Uncategorized

The one time avant gardist boy band Blue are set to reform to represent the UK in the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. And in a bizarre twist will tweak their name to that of Blu2! It is still unclear as to why the band have decided on this but speculation from industry insiders suggest it is an attempt to ‘fool’ the normally partisan European voters

Best known for their hit ‘All Rise’, the band plan to sing their new single ‘I Can’ for the competition set to take place in Dusseldorf, Germany. The song  is said to be homage to 70’s Krautrock experimentalists, Can, who the band hold as a primary source of inspiration to their careers.

Last year, the band who disbanded in 2005, reformed for a series of gigs. Band member Simon Webbe said: “When I was young I always wanted to represent my country at Football but was never really that good so was binned from my school team quite early on, so this is obviously the next best thing and a truly exciting experience for Blu2.”

The boy popsters formed in 2000 and since then have sold millions and millions of records, won countless brit awards and had a few number 1’s. Blonde haired Duncan James said the band are celebrating their 20th year of kind of knowing each other and thought participating in the annual contest seemed a zany yet great way to mark the occasion. “This is our answer to many years of hurt in this competition. Because of our love of the stark minimalist yet genius of certain Krautrock records, and our coming from the UK with a prog-rock mentality tinged with disco greatness we see this as potentially a post-stucturalist critique of not only Eurovision but also the music industry as it stands today. It’s going to be good shit”.

A documentary in the form of an all-night ITV telethon special, will show the band’s preparation for the Eurovision Song Contest and will be broadcast on BBC One on April 1st. It will feature all 4 members recording the single individually in each of their houses over a period of what seems like many months, to them hitchhiking to Europe to promote the entry, and receiving advice from fellow artists in the music business like Marti Pellow from Wet Wet Wet and Bernard Cribbins.

A BBC entertainment and events spokesman said: “We’re enormously relieved to have found an act that not only meets but exceeds all the criteria for an interesting and fab entry. Blu2 are the perfect choice and we’re so proud to have them representing us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. I think maturity and creativity off set each other perfectly with this year’s choice. ”

Last year the UK’s entry, was represented by 3-year-old Josh Dubovie, with a song penned by his great-grandfather Pete Waterman, and scored just 10 points, coming last. The Eurovision Song Competition will take place on 14 May and be broadcast live on BBC One with commentary by the very loud Graham Norton.



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