Kyiv 2017

Lucie Jones sets the record straight after Brexit blame claims: “Really proud of what we achieved”

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  1. Danny62 says:

    You are spot on with your comments Ryan, and I remember you predicting such headlines on the live stream. It is right that both Jones and the BBC Eurovision team should be praised, but what about the rest of the BBC? Did anyone hear her single much on Radio 1, Radio 2 or anywhere else? Did the wider BBC do anything to make the song a hit? Did BBC News programmes do anything other than ridicule the show? Did Giedroyc or Mills or Norton acknowledge the standard of performance of most of the other acts? Are any Eurovision songs being playlisted on BBC radio stations? No, so I really don’t think much ground was covered with this step forward. We’ll be lucky to have such a good singer in Lisbon.

    1. Ryan Cobb says:

      You are totally right, the BBC Eurovision team and the wider BBC are completely different entities here and the wider BBC did even less than usual. It seemed to me that Eurovision was advertised less than usual and even BBC Radio 2 didn’t put Lucie on their A-list which I think they have done with our entries in previous years and/or made it single of the week.

      I really don’t understand why Eurovision is such a dirty word that BBC Radio 1, our biggest hit station, can’t give one of their 30+ playlist slots to our Eurovision entry for 4 weeks leading up to the contest – even if it is just a C-list position. It’d be a step forward into making our entry a chart hit. I suppose the problem is that Lucie wasn’t backed by a major label so no-one in the music industry was pushing her onto Spotify playlists and radio playlists, even Joe and Jake got that to an extent from Sony I believe.

      So yes, the BBC Eurovision team have got things very right for once and we’ve taken a step forward there. But I totally agree there is so much more room for improvement in getting music labels promoting and backing the entry, getting it onto major radio playlists and for the BBC to allow them to do so. I hope if we get a modern chart song next year, they will go all out on it but I very much doubt it. What Sweden did with Frans last year should be an example every country/broadcaster/label with an aim of getting a chart hit during and post-Eurovision should follow.

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