It’s that time again in which the UK will vote on its singing representative, who one chosen to represent the UK in this years’ Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal. Now I openly admit I’m not a huge almighty fan of the Eurovision but even I have to admit I’ve got something for a weakness for it (when quickly flicking back-and-forth between that and Glastonbury which I much prefer anyway, just saying). Now, this year we’ve got six new artists to choose from, and so far, there seems to be some potential.
This years’ (lucky?) hopefuls
A solo artist who has been on UK TV before on Britain’s Got Talent back in 2013, she’ll be performing her new song Legends. Legends has a mixture of tribal beat, infectious rhythm and energy that just fuses together with very little effort and as far so solo artists go Asanda’s just amazing.
Goldstone: I Feel The Love
An all-female trio consisting of Rhiannon, Helen and Aimee who between them all have experience both acting and singing both on TV and stage who’ll be singing their song I Feel The Love. It’s exactly 3 minutes long and it’s fast-paced, energetic and upbeat from the start and the girls voice fuse together effortlessly.
Jaz Ellington: You
One of only two male solo artists in the six who is also a talented old-school soul-singer who’s got one amazing voice will be performing his song You. Seriously though he sounds really good and You makes for great listening pleasure.
Liam Tamne: Astronaut
The second of our male solo artists and West End Star who’s performed in numerous hit musicals such as Wicked, Hairspray and Phantom of the Opera to name but a few. A guy with an incredible who who’ll be putting his acting talents aside to sing his song Astronaut. Liam has got an incredible voice that captivates your attention and his entry song makes good listening.
This woman is practically the jack-of-all-trades where the performing industry’s concerned as she’s got numerous talents; singer, dancer, vocal-coach and DJ, and to top it off she’s performed in some of the top clubs around the world. She’s also an accomplished actress to. Raya will be singing her song Crazy. It’s just under 3 minutes long and the song itself is both catchy, fresh and has that upbeat feel to it.
Out of all of our six hopefuls she is the only one with experience in the Eurovision itself having appeared way back in 2015 as a backing singer for Loic Nottet and Blanche last year (small world). SuRie has much singing experience under her belt and will be performing her song Storm. It’s just a second over 3 minutes long and sounds very soothing and her voice glides through the song beautifully.
Just heard Paloma Faith sing her new song Till I’m Done on the TV right now, and all I can say is that it was amazing, and it’s off her new album The Architect. Though I haven’t heard much off it if this single is anything to go by I’m solely tempted to buy it. Till I’m Done sounds different from anything she’s done since Do You Want The Truth or Something Beautiful? It’s a seamless mixture of disco, rock, soul and R&B and is sounds energetic. And always Paloma’s voice is just incredible. As a recording artist she’s one of those where it’s always 2-3 years (or more) between each album yet when you hear the new material it just makes the wait worthwhile. Also, she’s one of those who can command 100% doing very little.
Just seen and heard one of the most amazing bands to come out of Sweden since Roxette, Abba and Mans Zermalow. They’re a duo called First Aid Kit and they’ve performed their debut single, It’s a Shame, on Graham Norton and I have to say it was both abstract and contained some very soothing melodies and Klara Soderberg and Johanna Soderberg who form the duo have got the most amazing voices you’re ever going to hear. The performance itself looked like it was from a 70’s edition of TOTP, but either way it was worth watching and the song itself is one of those that you could listen to again and again. It’s a Shame is from their debut album Ruins. Also on the sofa were US actor Tom Hanks to talk about his new film with Meryl Streep and British MBA Heavyweight boxer Anthony Joshua and GoT actress Maisie Williams. All in all some great laughs, including the time Tom Hanks farted onset with Paul Bettany
Finally caught up with The Leading Ladies on Graham Norton on BBC1, well, BBC iPlayer to be more precise. Amber Riley, Beverley Knight and Cassidy Janson performed their latest single One Night Only and seriously these girls vocal talents are enough to melt ice and the coldest of hearts they’re THAT GOOD!!! You’ve got to hear these girls to believe it. If ever there was a soul super-group these three are it. Two Hollywood heart-throbs were on the red sofa tonight; Zac Efron, Hugh Jackman, his Showman co-star Zendaya, Churchill star Gary Oldman and Suranne Jones. All I’ll say that Zac’s come a long way since High School Musical and Jackman’s carved quite the career; virtual unknown to playing a clawed mutant to musical showman. There doesn’t seem to be anything that he can’t do. Catch Hugh and Zendaya’s new film The Greatest Showman in cinemas now.
See you next week/year in 2018
Just finished watching disco legends Nile Rogers and Chic perform at the Big Ben concert on BBC1 right now and what a party, what a way to see out 2017 and welcome 2018. Well if you’re going to see out the year, better see it out in style. As you’d expect the musical legends performed their classic tracks Le-Chic, Good Times to name but a few, they even did a Madonna cover Like A Virgin which I was impressed with. The crowds are/were loving it, and I hope that you guys did to. Anyway all that’s left to say now is Happy New Year to you all and
Been watching Tom Chaplin, he of Keane fame, singing his newest single Midnight Mass on Graham Norton on BBC1, and I openly admit it wasn’t all that bad listening. Now I have to admit that I didn’t actually recognise him at first co’s of image change. The performance itself was quite good as it was stripped back and though there were some musicians the main bits were between him and the pianist. To some degree his song sounds quite to listen to but it didn’t quite hit the high-notes that he could’ve done which is a shame co’s if you’ve ever heard his past material he’s actually capable of doing so. Non-the-less he’s got a really nice, soothing voice and melodic vocal tones which fit the mood of the song. Anyways, all that can be said now is Merry Christmas
Heard this a while back on the radio whilst driving, and I haven’t heard played on the radio for some time either yet it’s always a firm favourite and always a joy to listen to. It’s one of those songs that you cannot fault. Insomnia by dance-trio Faithless. I can remember when this track first came out in the mid-late 90’s and have loved it ever since and no matter much it gets played I just can get bored of it. Insomnia is one of those dance-tracks that helped define a moment, not just for the group who made it, but also for the UK music scene as it helped carve the path for other dance artists to. Maxi Jazz, Sister Bliss and Rollo, I’ll forever salute you for making one of the best dance anthems of all time EVER!!1
This was from a performance, last week, by the better (in my view) Gallagher brother Noel, courtesy of his new band High Flying Birds on BBC1. Noel was performing his latest single ‘Holy Mountain’ and I have to admit I liked it within the first few seconds. Fresh, original, upbeat not to mention it’s quite vibrant to but there’s also something a bit 70’s rock to it as well which gives it just that little bit extra. Let’s not forget it’s testament to his ability as a superb songwriter. If the rest of the album sounds anything like this song does alone, I’m definitely getting the album
Also on the sofa with funny-woman Dawn French and funny-man, and Tenacious D singer Jack Black and Dwayne Johnson (The Rock). And yes plenty of laughs followed, but then again add Dawn and Jack it’s all laughs ahoy from there onwards.
This is just something that I wanted to give some special attention to at the moment, it’s on BBC2 and it’s called Employable Me. It’s about people with various disabilities who are struggling to find work. The people in the featured programme suffer from a wide-range of problems from tourettes, partial sight and Autism. I myself have a disability called Asperger’s which is a mild form of Autism so have first-hand experience of how challenging it can be to live with a disability which can affect numerous aspects of your life. From socialising, making friends, work to basic living. I’m thoroughly proud that the BBC allowed for a programme that challenges one of the biggest social taboos of our time. I myself have friends with various disabilities and have met people with various disabilities so have seen first-hand of how much of a hurdle it can represent for them, and how some people in society both view and treat them. All I ask is that that next time you see someone with a physical or learning disability don’t view them like they’ve escape from some mental institution or some strange weird being, but view them as a person. People with disabilities are no different from those whom are able-bodied or no learning disability and deserve your love, respect, care, time and attention as much as the next. For further reading on disability head to the Autism and the Arts page
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