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May 28, 2010 / Nick

That Sounds Good To Me – Josh Dubovie

Yes, it’s our song for Europe. Going out on the Eurovision stage in Oslo tomorrow, Josh Dubovie from Essex. The winner of the BBC’s Your Country Needs You is the grinning face who will be singing the Pete Watermen penned ditty. Some lazy reviewers who would be the sort to turn the title of something into its opposite just for a laugh may be saying ‘that sounds bad to me’. But forget them, this is the only review you need to read of the United Kingdom’s candidate song.

I don’t understand why some people get so snobby about Eurovision. It’s one of a very small number of televised events where the audience is treated to 2 solid hours of live music from a theoretically limitless choice of genres and styles.
We get to learn a bit more about ‘Them-Europeans’ and their ways too. Before Eurovision, who knew that the Accordion was still an instrument used in pop music, or how to say ‘Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia’ in French, or that women from Bosnia & Herzegovina are pretty hot? Plus there’s all the satellite-link entertainment of the ‘televote’ (When does anybody ever use the word ‘televote’ except at Eurovision?).

“Good evening. Bonsoir. You look lovely tonight. [extended pause] The atmosphere is exciting here in Prygzgradaen. Here’s the [pause] Here’s the result of the Vulgarian vote.”

Oh my Lordi

The songs performed in the 2007 competition (I’m Wikipedia-ing here. Forgive me) had an unusual range.
4 performances from Eurovision 2007:

With such a range of music clearly acceptable, I wonder why we keep sending the Europeans trash like some kind of warped Common Agricultural Policy. This year being no exception.

Pop Svengali (not from Sweden)

It would be great to say that Pete Waterman’s skills as a lyricist have improved in the decade since Steps (the only 80s pop group never to have actually released any music in the 1980s) but frankly, the words to this song sound like it’s something he’s been keeping it in a fireproof safe since 2001 inside a folder marked ‘IN CASE OF STEPS REUNION’. It’s a horrifically dull song and wouldn’t make a dent in any country’s singles chart if it weren’t for Eurovision (it probably still won’t).

Josh kicking back in Laindon.

And considering the way the singer was chosen, it’s no surprise that things are a bit flat on that front too. Your Country Needs You was like  90 minutes of something Amnesty International would campaign against. It had a bunch of singers who were clearly selected by producers throwing a net over The X-Factor audition queue and hoping someone talented might be in the haul. Instead, they ended up with a load of session singers and pub warblers and hoped for the best.
Josh, you’re from Essex mate. Why are you saying ‘laughter’ like that?

If one good thing has come from this song, it’s this astounding and empassioned rendition by a group of beer-swilling pub blokes as part of Puma’s concurrent Hardchorus Song Contest.

Almost brings a tear to the eye.

Pop music has changed over the last few years, and Eurovision certainly shows that. I think for next year, the UK might want to think of sending something that sounds more like it could have been sang by other popular contemporary acts and not like a B-side done by One True Voice.
I don’t know about you, but that sounds good to me.

Review: Good luck, Josh. You’re probably going to need it.

That Sounds Good To Me on Spotify
BBC Eurovision Song Contest



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  1. TP Loupes / May 29 2010 3:45 am

    Have my reviews done justice to the entries? I’m kind of new with the whole Eurovision thing.


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