With many songs and artists left to be decided or announced, the United Kingdom and Germany have announced their entries and will spend the rest of the time polishing and preparing themselves for the contest in Rotterdam mid-May.
James Newman, brother of John Newman and seasoned songwriter, had been rumored to be the representative, and on early morning radio on BBC Radio 1 and 2, the song, “My Last Breath”, was played. The songwriting team has written/contributed to tracks like “Running Scared” (2011 winner), as well as to songs performed by the likes of Dua Lipa, James Bay, One Direction, Little Mix, and Leona Lewis. BBC Newsbeat reporter Steve Holden said of the entry:
It doesn’t feel like a winner but nor does it feel like an embarrassment. And that, at least, is progress.
The entry can be streamed below.
On the German side, the official Eurovision site revealed that Ben Dolic would be singing “Violent Thing“. Borned and raised in Slovenia, he wowed the Slovenian audience on Slovenia’s Got Talent at the age of 12 and as a member of D Base in the 2016 national selection in Slovenia. He had relocated to Switzerland in 2015, learning German, and by 2018 he was settled in Berlin, reaching a second-place finish in The Voice of Germany. Dolic’s song was written by Austrian-Bulgarian producer Borislav “Boris” Milanov, known for his Eurovision successes “Beautiful Mess” (Kristian Kostov, Bulgaria 2017), “Nobody but You” (Cesar Sampson, Austria 2018), and “If Love was a Crime” (Poli Genova, Bulgaria 2016). Ben’s performance will be choreographed by Marty Kudelka, who is responsible for choreographing many Justin Timberlake live numbers, including the 2018 Super Bowl halftime show. The song can be viewed below.
What do you think of these entries? Are they an improvement from last year, or are the broadcasters in the wrong direction? The odds seem to point favorably towards these decisions, but the results, scheduled to be on the night of 18 May, will reveal part of the broadcasters’ successes.
- James Newman: BMG/Victor Frankowski
- Ben Dolic: NDR