The BBC has revealed the act that will be representing the UK at this year’s Eurovision in Vienna.
In a special programme on the Red Button, Radio 1 DJ Scott Mills introduced the official music video of this year’s entry – “Still In Love With You” by Electro Velvet.
The band is a duo which consists of Alex Larke, from Welwyn Garden City in Hertfordshire, and Bianca Nicholas, from Beckenham in Kent.
The duo will be flying the flag for the United Kingdom at the annual song contest with a number that was selected from hundreds of entries following an open selection process. A huge variety of amateur and professional writers and performers submitted songs, but ”Still in Love With You”, an up tempo electro-swing track written by David Mindel and Adrian Bax White, was the stand out song.
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. It’s time to get this party started! See you in Vienna!”
Bianca adds: “I am so proud to have been chosen to be a part of the world’s biggest song contest. 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!”
Alex is currently lead singer for tribute group The Rollin’ Clones, one of the biggest Rolling Stones tribute shows in the world, while Bianca has performed a duet with Will Young, toured with Classical Brit winners Blake and performed for Princes William and Harry as well as the Duchess of Cambridge.
As the announcement was made directly after The Voice, there was some speculation that the act had a connection to the BBC1 talent search. The rumour proved to be true because Bianca appeared on The Voice UK in 2014, but failed to get through the Blind Audition.