Scott Mills on rethinking the UK’s Eurovision tactic
DIGITALSPY.CO.UK REPORTS – Why has the UK fared so dismally in the last few Eurovision Song Contests? It’s all in the song, according to Scott Mills. We spoke to the commentator and Radio 1 DJ at the Teen Awards about what we need to do to improve our chances.
“The thing is we’ve tried it in lots of different ways. We’ve tried a public vote, we’ve tried it where the BBC decide, we’ve tried it where a jury decide. You’ve got to just keep trying,” Scott said of the new ‘X Factor-style’ competition for this year’s entry.
“At the end of the day it’s going to be about the song. I was just saying to Jake from Rixton, if you take Little Mix – their songs aren’t written by Americans, they’re written by UK songwriters.
“Let’s get one of them to write our Eurovision song this year. Having said that, in most of the other countries they send a big act. They’ll send the winner of The Voice or X Factor from that year usually.
“There’s something to be said for that. So send Ben Haenow or Little Mix, that’s the answer.”
This year the UK was represented by Electro Velvet, who placed fifth with an, erm, modest 5 points.