Blue’s "I Can" finally revealed
After months of waiting, the United Kingdom’s entry “I Can”, performed by veteran boy band Blue, was revealed tonight after a performance on the BBC’s “Graham Norton Show”. Graham is not only an avid Eurovision fan, but he’s also been the network’s commentator on the ESC finals since Terry Wogan’s departure after the 2008 event. The song’s studio version was leaked yesterday, but it wasn’t until tonight that we saw Blue perform their entry live:
I normally am not a huge fan of boy bands…I grew up surrounded by screaming hordes of Backstreet Boys and N*SYNC fans, and I generally just rolled my eyes and put on my Dave Matthews Band or La Ley CDs. Plus, while Blue was huge in the UK, Ireland, and parts of continental Europe, they never really made much of an impact on the charts here in the US. So, when people started flipping out over Blue’s reunion and the fact that they’d been chosen to represent the UK in the ESC, I was interested, but skeptical. Frankly, I had been unimpressed by many similar acts in Eurovision over the years. When I saw Lena Meyer-Landrut’s adorable reaction to Blue’s participation (which has unfortunately been removed from Youtube…bummer!), I was intrigued. But after seeing “I Can” performed live, I’m completely convinced. This might be the UK’s best hope for a Eurovision win since Katrina and the Waves. It’s instantly memorable and performed well by a group with a decade of experience under their belts (displaying strong harmonies, and Lee Ryan’s high notes are golden). Also, the fact that they already have an established fan base all over the continent gives them a major leg up, even over nations in a larger voting bloc. I have a very difficult time imagining this not hitting the Top Five, and may very well bring the UK their first victory since 1997.
I might not go running out and tattooing Duncan James’s face on my right bicep, but if “I Can” wins the whole thing this May, I won’t feel the need to hide under my bed in a fetal position with my Ben Folds Five albums and Foo Fighters t-shirt, rocking back and forth and whimpering. And for a staunch former hater of boy bands, that says a lot. Very well done, UK!