United Kingdom: It’s Electro Velvet to Vienna!

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This evening, the British national broadcaster, BBC, officially revealed the name of the representative who will go on to represent the United Kingdom at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest.

During the special BBC announcement show, Our Song for Eurovision 2015, it was revealed by host Scott Mills that Electro Velvet would represent the United Kingdom at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in the host city of Vienna.

Following Scott’s interview with Electro Velvet, the official British entry, Still in love with you, was then presented during an exclusive performance on the show. You can listen to the United Kingdom’s 2015 entry below.

Electro Velvet – Still in love with you

About Electro Velvet

Electro Velvet is a duo consisting of Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas. This is the first time the duo has worked in collaboration with each other.

Alex is a 35-year-old singer from Welwyn Garden City.

Alex is currently the lead vocalist of the group The Rollin’ Clones, one of the largest Rolling Stones tribute bands in the world.

Alex is also a part-time teacher and has worked in a number of primary schools around the country, using his experience and talent to inspire the younger generation. Alex has also worked at a special needs school which he has described as being one of the most incredible, rewarding and fun things he has done in his life.

Talking about representing his country at the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest, Alex says:

I feel incredibly privileged and humbled to be representing the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, for this massively historic 60th anniversary event. We have a fantastic song and will work as hard as is humanly possible to bring the contest home and make our great nation proud.

26-year-old Bianca is singer and actress from Beckenham.

Bianca has performed at a number of events over her musical career, a notable event being when she performed for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as well as Prince Harry at a high-profile charity event.

Bianca released her first single in 2011 entitled Hold on to your dreams which entered the Top 100 of the UK charts. Hold on to your dreams later went on to re-enter the charts following her blind audition in the 2014 edition of The Voice UK.

I am so proud to have been chosen to be a part of the world’s biggest song contest – Eurovision! It’s such an honour to represent the UK, especially in its 60th year too! I have never been to Austria before, and I can’t wait to get out to Vienna and do my best, and I hope to make the UK proud! – Bianca.

Electro Velvet’s UK Eurovision entry, Still in love with you, was written and produced by both David Mindel and Adrian Bax White. The entry was selected after the BBC called for singers and songwriters to submit their entries to the national broadcaster, in which they received over 300 entries.

Regarding the 2015 UK entry, executive producer Guy Freeman stated:

I am thrilled that Alex and Bianca will be representing the UK in this year’s competition. Our song for this special anniversary year has an up-tempo beat and an irresistibly catchy hook that is sure to get the party started in Vienna.

United Kingdom: The story so far

The United Kingdom debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 when Patricia Bredin was selected to represent her country in the host city of Frankfurt. With her entry All, Patricia received a total of 6 points, ending in 7th position.

The United Kingdom has won the contest a total of 5 times; Puppet on a string (1967), Boom bang-a-bang (1969), Save your kisses for me (1976), Making your mind up (1981) and Love shine a light (1997).

Last year, Molly Smitten-Downes was internally selected to represent the United Kingdom at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in the host city of Copenhagen. With her entry Children of the universe, Molly finished in 17th place receiving a total of 40 points.

As a member of the ‘Big 5’, the United Kingdom will automatically qualify to the Grand Final of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest on the 23 May alongside fellow ‘Big 5’ members (France, Germany, Italy and Spain), the host country (Austria) and the guest country (Australia).

Stay tuned to esctoday.com for the latest news on the United Kingdom and the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest!