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Blue's Eurovision Campaign - Update 1

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BBC Eurovision Paul BBC Eurovision Paul | 16:35 UK time, Friday, 18 February 2011

Friday 18th Feb 2011

Welcome to the first in a weekly series of updates on Blue's Eurovision campaign!  We'll post a new update every Friday here on the BBC Eurovision News Blog letting you know exactly what the boys have been up to, and giving you advance warning about any public appearances coming up over the next week or so.

Last Saturday night, Blue kicked off their publicity campaign by travelling to Malta to perform on their Eurovision national final. As the boys are still putting the finishing touches to their Eurovision song "I Can", they instead decided to perform their classic hit "If You Come Back".

Here's some footage from their trip. You'll be able to see more in the BBC One documentary on Blue's Eurovision campaign, to be shown sometime in April.

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Although the boys are delighted to be back performing together, they had a few reservations about their performance on stage in Malta, having had some problems with the earpieces they were wearing and with some of their harmonies.

So this week, the boys have been back in rehearsals with a vocal coach and a choreographer, determined to put the work in that they need in order to be on top form for their NEXT live performance. That happens to be tonight, Friday 18th Feb, when the group will appear on the Spanish Eurovision national final, "Destino Eurovisión". This time they'll be performing another one of their classic hits, "Breathe Easy".We'll have a full report on the trip to Spain next Friday.

In the meantime, you might want to tune in to Ant & Dec's Push The Button on ITV1 on Saturday evening, because a certain Mr Duncan James will be appearing...

And some more European countries will reveal their 2011 song selections over the next  7 days, including Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Georgia and Italy. Come back to the BBC Eurovision News Blog next Monday for an update on all the weekend's announcements!

Comments

  • Comment number 1.

    TV Malta should be shot, they didnt help Blue at all and of course Blue did have a few problems with vocals but they havent performed as a regular 4 piece since they split.

    Hopefully, the song will be good, wish we could heard it now...why wait until the last weekend again :(.
    Get it on Graham Norton now!

  • Comment number 2.

    Georgia's entry is amazing and is far and away the best song so far. Blue will be hard pushed to even get close to that quality.

    Also look out for Poland and Armenia.

  • Comment number 3.

    it says not available in my area :( i really want to know what's new with them !!! any suggestions !!!

  • Comment number 4.

    So when are we to hear our Entry? Oh by the way...I have to disagree FoxesofNuneaton - Save 606 - I think MALTA and the Boys did us Proud... The reports Iv been hearing are the that the Maltese loved BLUE....So come on Blue share your song with the UK public!!!

  • Comment number 5.

    So when are we going to get an actual national selection show like other countries get (eg. Melodifestivalen) instead of no show and the BBC picking a song and artist and us getting no show?

  • Comment number 6.

    @HD1080... That would be a British public that selected Jemini, Andy Abrahams, Daz Sampson and Scooch?

    The UK has moved from most successful ESC participant to a laughiung stock because the UK public has made dreadful song choices and credible artists are not prepared to put themselves through a national seletion process.

    We are better off passing control of the process to an established artist that wants to use the ESC as a proper springboard to launch a new album than to send yet another novelty record.

    It is a gamble but I am confident that taking this step will be successful for the UK and will hopefully lead to a decade of greater success.

  • Comment number 7.

    @192eventually - those were all acts the viewers were given in the show to choose from. If they are given good acts to choose from they cannot make a bad choice.

    It would be like the EBU deciding on an act and writing a song that we have to accept as the winner of Eurovision without bothering putting on any show with multiple acts. What would be any good about that? The BBC has basically done the same thing - given us no show at all, and decided and gotten a song written themselves.

    Here is what the people at "the Telegraph" say about it http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/culture/neilmccormick/100051055/the-bbcs-eurovision-choice-stinks-of-auntie-knows-best-arrogance/

 

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