The UK Eurovision selection process is broken says Bucks Fizz legend

Bucks Fizz perform ‘Making Your Mind Up’ on Eurovision 1981

Nobody could quite believe it when the UK came very close to winning the Eurovision Song Contest last year.

Sam Ryder’s Spaceman blew away years of British despair, but can Mae Muller repeat his staggering success with I Wrote A Song.

Eurovision icon Jay Aston does not think so: “I don’t think it’s a winner to be honest.”

The Bucks Fizz star also has strong words for the traditional BBC and selection process in association with BMG Records.

She also shared words of advice for anyone considering entering the competition for the UK in the future.

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Jay says: “I do think that there has been a problem in the past with choosing our selection, I think that’s what was going really wrong.

“I think the selection process has been at fault majorly, which is why we weren’t getting the right acts in… For a long time, the BBC were doing it with BMG Records, and it wasn’t working.

“I phoned up BMG for something else, but I could tell that they just didn’t know what to do – they tried everything, and none of it worked. I felt like they’d given up and then I got a big angry as I felt like our chances were low, because they needed to try something different, and they did, eventually, but I think it just went on a bit too long. Our excitement for the gig and the show suffered badly because they were just trying the same things, expecting different results.”

Jay adds: “They went out of the box to find Sam, and obviously he blew up through TikTok during Covid, so I think finding the next big star is going to come off one of those social media apps, and that seems crazy but the whole infrastructure of finding acts has changed. If you’re already online, you’re far more likely to get picked up from that.

“Sam Ryder changed the whole dynamic and landscape with a phenomenal song, and he’s just such a great performer – he’s just got that star quality. I wish Mae all the luck, but I don’t think it’s a winner if I’ve got to be honest.”

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Jay Aston also spoke to Sky Bingo about Bucks Fizz’s own experiences and what an aspiring contestant should take away from it all: “We’ve had a forty-odd-year career, singing a silly three-minute song, and ripping our skirts off, so don’t underestimate the power of Eurovision and that platform.

“I would encourage anyone who is out there and wants to make it in the business, to consider Eurovision because sometimes it can really work. However, you’ve got to be realistic about whether you can cope – it’s stressful and it’s tough under all that scrutiny – but if you can enjoy the process and enjoy the moment, and not be scared, it’s great.”


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