There are eleven contenders –
01. Bite Me by G-NAT!ON – no doubt the staging and choreography will be top notch but not enough opportunity for vocal gymnastics.
02. To The Bottom by Erica Padilla – the TikTok wildcard entry. It’s fine but not a winner.
03. My Body by Seann Miley Moore – so cheesy (but not in a winning-Eurovision way, more a urgh-way).
04. I Suck at Being Lonely by Charley – beautiful voice, gorgeous song with a strong Lana Del Ray vibe. If we want a power ballad instead of razzle-dazzle, then this.
05. Electrify by Andrew Lambrou – meh.
06. Not The Same by Sheldon Riley – good song but are we covering Arcade-ground here?
07. We Are One by Paulini – Paulini has a great voice but she doesn’t get to show her range with this disco tune (and the lyrics? Bad).
08. Little Fires by Jaguar Jonze – It’s got everything you want in a Eurovision song – light and shade, surprise elements, vocal theatre AND little lasers.
09. When I’m With You by Isaiah Firebrace & Evie Irie – meh.
10. Dreamer by Voyager – it has some glamour, it has a keytar – this one has grown on me and I’d certainly be okay if this song was selected.
11. I Won’t Need To Dream by Jude York – probably not enough razzmatazz but has all the big transitions that Eurovision fans demand, and there’s a decent show-offy bit. If the fans wanted something that gave a nod to COVID-existential-angst, this would be a great choice.
In summary – I’m voting for Jaguar Jonze (but Charley, Jude York and Voyager are all up there).