I'm beginning to see how effective the Stock Aitken & Waterman team can be even if I genuinely don't think I have ever wanted to play any of their previous hits. Their stuff will work, though, for many people and that might be good for young Josh who happens to be a cousin of a good friend of mine.
He can sing well in a 50s kinda way but it's all so 80s and plastic. If Europe's voters are heading back there in 2010, and we've had 60s, 70s and 90s so maybe it is that time, then we'll be up there on the left hand side of the board. My own feeling, though, is we'll be on the right, somewhere around 23rd.
I really, really don't understand how we seem to have completely failed to get a grip on our entries recently. Scooch were fun but that's all, Gemini a disaster. We've had Andy, the X-factor runner up with a lousy song, Alexander who came 4th in a precursor to Pop Idol who writes good songs but was totally outclassed. Andrew Lloyd Webber tried to help us out and an unknown Jade tried damned hard with an all-too formulaic song that a committee had written instead of the Lord on his own. There was a group with some odd schoolchildren whose name escapes me and several others since we last won with the excellent Katrina and The Waves marking our last win and the end of the Irish run of hits in 1997. Hmm. Maybe the Conservatives will bring us better fortune in more ways than one, but not this year I'm afraid.