This morning on the Ken Bruce show on BBC Radio 2, the six songs had their first airplay, and are now available to listen to.
The six songs for Europe
You're Not Alone sung by Joe and Jake (Composed by Schwartz, Justin J Benson and S Kanes) (Listen here) Shine A Little Light sung by Bianca (Composed by Ash Howes, Cass Lowe, Leona Lewis and Richard Stannard) (Listen here) When You Go sung by Dulcima (Composed by Tomas Twyman) (Listen here) A Better Man sung by Matthew James (Composed by Helienne Lindvall, Andrew Fromm and Peter Kvint) (Listen here) Until Tomorrow sung by Darline (Composed by Roy Stride, Joshua Wilkinson, Duck Blackwell and Jack McManus) (Listen here) Miracle sung by Karl William Lund (Composed by Karl William Lund) (Listen here)
Song 1: You’re Not Alone performed by Joe and Jake
Written by Justin J Benson, Schwartz and S.Kanes
Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft met during the 2015 series of The Voice UK. Jake was part of team Will.i.am but lost out at the Battle rounds, whereas Joe was a finalist for Rita Ora’s team. Jake aged 20 from Stoke-on-Trent can play guitar, whilst Joe aged 21 from Ruthin, Wales supported The Vamps on their 2015 tour.
Song 2: Shine a Light performed by Bianca Claxton
Written by Ash Howes, Cass Lowe, Leona Lewis, Richard Stannard
Bianca Claxton is a 25 year old singer from Nottingham who has previously had chart success with girl group Parade. A classically trained soprano and cellist, Bianca supported the likes of Shakira and The Black Eyed Peas on tour in the UK. She is a massive fan of Eurovision and it’s been her dream to represent the UK.
Song 3: When You Go performed by Dulcima and Tom
Dulcima Showan aged 23 met songwriter Tomas Twyman aged 27 when they were both busking together on the streets of Canterbury. Dulcima is a classical violinist who loves to play folk. They will both be performing the original song penned by Tom.
Song 4: A Better Man performed by Matthew James
Written by Andrew Fromm, Helienne Lindvall and Peter Kvint
Matthew James has previously had a brush with fame as part of nineties boyband Bad Boys Inc, and their hit single ‘More To This World’. Matthew now 44 lives in South London and has continued singing for the last 15 years with the band Madhen.
Song 5: Until Tomorrow performed by Darline
Written by Duck Blackwell, Jack McManus, Joshua Wilkinson, Roy Stride
Darline are a country pop duo - Abby Inez, 20 from Worcester and Càra Beth Beard, 18 from Hertfordshire. Both girls play guitar and have supported The Shires on their UK tour, performing two thousands of people every night. They cite Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift amongst their inspiration.
Song 6: Miracle performed by Karl William Lund
Written by Karl William Lund
Singer songwriter Karl, aged 29, is originally from Liverpool and began writing the song Miracle whilst working in Greece as part of a Beatles tribute act. He is self-taught at playing the guitar and his musical inspirations are Tori Amos, Prince, Kate Bush and Rufus Wainwright.
The final of Eurovision: You Decide, takes place on Friday the 26th of February at 20:30 CET and will be broadcast on BBC4 and via Eurovision.tv. The programme will be presented by Mel Giedroyc, and will include a panel of guests, who will comment on the entries, but the the result will be determined by 100% televoting.