the thoroughly frustrated Brits are already wondering aloud what needs to be done to win

the thoroughly frustrated Brits are already wondering aloud what needs to be done to win
the thoroughly frustrated Brits are already wondering aloud what needs to be done to win

The British press is still reeling from the breaking of the song contest. Desperate Brits are already wondering aloud what needs to be done to win the competition.

It all started in October of last year, when O. Aleksanderis accepted the invitation to become the representative of the United Kingdom “Eurovision” contest.

The artist has already participated in the song contest once in 2022, but then the time did not seem right.

In his place, the British sent little-known Tik Tok singer Sam Ryder, who performed the ballad “Spaceman”.

True, he was lucky. The artist took second place, the UK’s best result in over 20 years.

in 2023 O.Aleksanderis started recording his first solo album. Maybe one of these songs, he thought, would be good for Eurovision?

A call was made. Deals were made. And during the next two months, with the strictest secrecy, preparations began.

“We had to hold meetings at Olly’s manager’s house so no one would hear what was going on.

It was actually a very interesting period. I had never done anything that was so stealthy before. I felt like I was a spy,” said creative director Theo Adams.

When the ‘Years & Years’ singer was rumored to be representing the country in December, it seemed too good to be true for Eurovision fans.

A cute, chart-topping pop star with worldwide fame, great performances and a lifelong love of Eurovision?

It couldn’t have been more appropriate, the BBC reported.

“Having a real pop star representing the UK this year is a great start,” agreed actor Graham Norton in an interview this week.

“Olly has already done everything you can’t prepare someone for – he’s played to huge crowds, he knows how to communicate with the cameras and he’s used to a lot of pressure.

He’s a great performer and a great singer,” agreed singer Neil Tennant.

On Saturday in Malmö, the song “Dizzy” by the British representative took 18th place out of 25.

All 46 points were awarded to him by the commission. He scored zero points in the public vote.

Nevertheless, it was not the worst result. The United Kingdom suffered more embarrassing defeats.

But the expectations were so high that this year’s result seems particularly painful for the British.

It has been 27 years since the United Kingdom last won the competition.

“So what went wrong and how can the country improve its chances?” asked the BBC.

Was it a song?

Dizzy was hailed by the British press as a great radio hit and featured stars such as Dua Lipa.

“It pulses and pulses in all the right places. The constant movement of the chorus chords is intoxicating.

That’s why the panel liked it. Swedish evaluators gave Dizzy eight points out of a possible 12.

But the audience doesn’t know or care about the intricacies of songwriting. They sided with such critics who called the song unexceptional.

Dizzy wasn’t a bad song. She just wasn’t good enough to get people to pick up the phone and vote,” the BBC wrote.

Was it a performance?

“After many years, when unverified, petty participants were sent to Eurovision, O. Aleksanders organized an impressive television performance.

Computer-controlled cameras synchronized with sharp choreography made the star look as if he and his dancers were being tossed around the inside of a spaceship hurtling through a black hole.

Graham Norton described the performance as “horrendous” but admitted it may have been an understatement as it was “very different to anything on the pageant tonight”, according to British media.

The performance was met with lukewarm reception in the arena, and at home, some viewers said they were put off by the sexual nature of the dance.

Others said the heavy choreography affected the artist’s vocals. Of course, there were some swings that the song looked poor next to the powerful French, Portuguese and Swiss singers.

However, the BBC said it was a big step up. Eurovision shows are getting more and more sophisticated, they say, and the UK needed to catch up.

Was it a lack of emotional connection?

It is unclear who inspired the song. But to the British, it seems like a sincere declaration of love

“Listen to the top five artists. You will hear an important theme in their songs – that was missing from O.Aleksanderii.

Nemo’s winning song “The Code” was an expressively moving account of his acceptance of his non-binary identity.

Israel’s song “Hurricane” was controversial for many reasons, but Eden Golan’s ode to missing friends in the midst of war sounded compelling.

French star Slimane’s searing intensity helped his song Mon Amour reach number four.

Even Croatia’s Rim Tim Tagi Dim packs a punch.

“Dizzy just never reached that level of emotional connection,” opined the BBC.

Is the UK being too safe?

According to the British press, it’s hard to quantify, but did you notice how many Eurovision songs were successful when they took crazy creative leaps?

Finnish star Käärijä scored the most audience votes last year with Cha Cha Cha, a dizzying mix of industrial metal and hyperpop that sounded like nothing else on Earth.

This year, Irish artist Bambie Thug pulled a similar trick with the strange and witchy Doomsday Blue, a song so shocking that an Irish priest who sent it to Malmö declared the country was “over”.

But Johnny Logan – a man who knows a thing or two about Eurovision, having written three winning songs – disagreed.

In the Eurovision Song Contest, people try to copy the previous winning song every year because they think that’s the secret to winning.

This year’s Irish song doesn’t have that,” he said.

The United Kingdom has been trying to guess Eurovision for years, but the safe bet isn’t always the wisest.

Or is it just luck?

Creating a hit requires magic, not a formula. And Eurovision is no different, thought the BBC.

“It is necessary to harmonize the wishes of the television audience and the professional commission, to find an artist who can play for the arena and organize a television show together. Place in the order is also important.

And sometimes a great song just goes unnoticed.

Still in 2022 Armenian singer Rosa Linn took 20th place with the song “Snap”. She returned home feeling that she had let her country down.

Then, a few months later, the piece became extremely popular on the TikTok network.

It is now the second most streamed Eurovision song of all time, with over 1 billion streams on Spotify alone. together.

O. Aleksander may not have reached such numbers, but he did not embarrass himself in Sweden.

Both the staging, the song, and the concept worked. It also laid a solid foundation for next year,” concluded the BBC.

The article is in Lithuanian

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