In case you haven’t already, you need to check out the amazing songs that are hoping to represent us at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. We caught up with one of the performers, Bianca, this morning to chat all things ESC.
We’re sure you’re all friends but we want to hear some fighting talk. What does your song have that the other five hopefuls simply don’t?
I think the live performance is going to be really dramatic, and hopefully that will make people want to vote. I’ve seen the plans for the backdrop and the staging and I obviously know what the outfits are going to be. So I’m thinking, and hoping, that will give us the edge. I think it’s going to be a really strong performance.
Have you seen any previews of the other performances or are you left completely in the dark until Friday?
No, we’ve not seen anything! I’ve obviously bumped into the guys in the corridors and we’ve been around rehearsing and doing all the prep for it but I haven’t actually seen anybody else’s. It’ll not until Thursday that we actually see each other’s performances so it’ll be nice to see everyone. The first time we heard each other’s songs was yesterday so nobody even knew what everybody else was singing, it’s all been very secretive.
Apart from the United Kingdom, which other country is your favourite in Europe and why?
Sweden. I love Stockholm. I recorded there a few times, I think Stockholm is just a beautiful city. When I heard that Eurovision was actually going to be in Stockholm, I was just so excited. It’s just an extra reason to want to get through because it’s such a beautiful city. Have you ever been?
No, I haven’t.
Oh my God, they’ve got an ABBA Museum. An ABBA Museum! It’s the best thing in the world, it’s so exciting. Just for that alone that’s probably why it’s my favourite place to be in Europe apart from the UK.
Obviously most people will recognise you from being in the girlband Parade. Parade were a very fun band, much like Eurovision. Do you think if Parade had continued that the five of you would have entered Eurovision?
Oh gosh, I don’t know! It’s nothing I’ve ever thought about. I’d like to think so. I’m a massive Eurovision fan so I might have had to have done a bit of persuading with the girls because I’m such a geek for it, but I don’t see why not. If we had a great song that we were bringing to the competition then I don’t see why we wouldn’t have.
Your song ‘Shine A Little Light’ was co-written by Leona Lewis. Have did she become involved in the process?
I was actually recording with Biff [Stannard] and Ash [Howes] who produced it and I was recording some stuff, some of Leona’s material and the song had been spotted with Leona’s vocals on it and had been considered to be entered for Eurovision but they didn’t have anyone to sing it. So it was sort a “Do you want to put a vocal down and see how it goes?” sort of thing, which was nerve-wracking because Leona’s obviously incredible. But yeah, everybody seemed to like it, and then it just spiralled from there and became a possibility for Eurovision.
Has Leona heard your version of the song, do you know?
I don’t know, I assume she has because we had to get clearance on it. I hope she likes it!
She must have liked it if she’s cleared it…
Yeah, that’s true!
Biff Stannard – the writer of the Spice Girls’ Wannabe also helped pen the track. We were wondering, if you had to take a Spice Girls song to Eurovision, which would you choose and why?
Oh, ‘Wannabe’! It’s the best song ever! It’s just undeniable, it was number one in like every country that it was released. It’s still one of the best pop songs to ever have existed, so it definitely has to be ‘Wannabe’. Also, working with Biff is equally terrifying because he wrote that. I was like “Oh, good Lord – these people really know what they’re doing! I can’t make a mess of this.”
We think that the person we sent to represent us at Eurovision has to be full of knowledge about the contest, so we’ve devised our very own Eurovision Quiz.
Which country won the first ever Eurovision Song Contest?
Oh, not a clue. Not a clue.
It was Switzerland.
Was it? Oh wow.
In which year did the United Kingdom first enter the Eurovision Song Contest?
I have no idea. I consider myself a Eurovision fan but I don’t know any of this!
It was 1957.
I was going to say the 60s so I’m behind the times on that one.
Could you name the six countries that already confirmed for this year’s final?
UK, Sweden, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
Do you know which country has won the most times?
Oh Gosh, I would guess Sweden but I don’t know.
It’s Ireland, they’ve won seven times.
Ireland? Has it? Aww, that makes me really happy. I love Ireland, it’s a great place.
Can you remember the name of the duo that represented the UK at last year’s contest?
Yay, I got one!
Finally, what would you like to say to the British public before they vote on Friday night?
I’d like to say that anybody who’s supported me and is liking the song, I’m getting a lot of really nice comments on Twitter so thank you everybody! If you do like it, please do vote because I think it’s really important that the public do get a say and this is your opportunity. So if you think mine’s the best song then do give us a vote on Friday because I would love to be there at the final!
You can vote for Bianca during ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ when it airs on Friday at 7:30pm on BBC Four.