Introducing 2010: The United Kingdom

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All songs for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010 have been selected. During the weeks between the national final season and the actual Eurovision Song Contest, we will introduce all 39 entries in random order. Part twenty-two of the series is dedicated to the UK entry.

Basic information

Performer: Josh
Song: That sounds good to me
Language: English
Music: Pete Waterman, Mike Stock, Steve Crosby
Lyrics: Pete Waterman, Mike Stock, Steve Crosby
Draw: 12th in the final

The song

That sounds good to me is a mid-tempo/up-tempo pop song, whose arrangement is still kept a secret as the final studio version has not been released yet. Through the lyrics, the singer paints a picture showing the one he's in love with how good it would be if they were together:

And loving hands to guide me
Anything is possible to do

So if you bring the sunshine
I'll bring the good times
Just add your laughter
It's happy ever after
I don't know about you
But that sounds good to me


The performer

Josh Dubovie is from Laindon in the county of Essex. He is a newcomer in the music business, but he has starred in various musical prodcutions at his school, where he appeared in My fair lady, The King and I and West Side Story, among others. He auditioned for a role in the popular TV series Skins and he also took part in the castings of the talent searches The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent.

He was one of the six contestants in the UK national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2010. Josh was chosen as the country's representative with his version of the song That sounds good to me. After his victory, various different versions of the song were recorded and the final studio version is yet to be published.

The songwriters

The UK entry was written by Pete Waterman, Mike Stock and Steve Crosby. Pete Waterman and Mike Stock are known as two thirds of the highly successful prodcution trio Stock Aitken Waterman. They have written and/or produced many hit songs for acts like Bananarama (Venus), Dead or Alive (You spin me round (like a record)), Jason Donovan (Sealed with a kiss), Kylie Minogue (I should be so lucky, Better the devil you know) and Rick Astley (Never gonna give you up). One of the first songs they produced was the Cypriot entry in the Eurovision Song Contest 1984, Anna Mari-Elena, which was written and performed by Andy Paul. Steve Cross has worked with Pete Waterman before as he co-wrote songs for Steps. He also wrote songs for the Icelandic children's television series LazyTown.

The national selection

After a good result in Moscow, the UK broadcaster revived last year's national selection with a slightly different format. Pete Waterman was invited to compose the song. Six acts took part in the national final and each of them performed a Stock Aitken Waterman song in the first round. The composer narrowed down the number of contestants to three, who would all perform the song That sounds good to me. Josh Dubovie was then chosen by televoting to represent the United Kingdom in Oslo.


The United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest

The United Kingdom debuted in the second edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. After a break in 1958, the country returend in 1959 and has not missed an edition since making it the country with the most consecutive participations and, along with France, the country with the second most participations in total. In total, the United Kingdom won the contest five times, finished second 15 times and came third three times and is therefore proabably the most succesful country ever. However, over the last ten participations, the UK finished in the top ten only twice and achieved its first two last places in 2003 and 2008.

We wish the United Kingdom and Josh Dubovie the best of luck and a good result in Oslo!

Videos

Performance in the national final/Preview video:

Performing Too many broken hearts by Jason Donovan in the first round of Your Country Needs You:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWQDIaiwBq4

Performing Me and my shadow with Mike Shearer:

Tomorrow, we will take a look at the Latvian entry.

Previous parts of this series:

  1. Ireland
  2. Belarus
  3. Albania
  4. Denmark
  5. Russia
  6. Bulgaria
  7. Switzerland
  8. FYR Macedonia
  9. Armenia
  10. Spain
  11. Poland
  12. Croatia
  13. Finland
  14. Greece
  15. Ukraine
  16. Lithuania
  17. Belgium
  18. Norway
  19. Portugal
  20. Moldova
  21. The Netherlands

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