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Blue - "I Can"

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I can? More like "I can't" as Britain tries again for Eurovision glory.

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What can be said about the UK's entries of the past few years?  Three songs since their last win in 1997 hitting last place during the final, a number coming towards the bottom, and a few coming in the top five, the results for this country have been random at best.  With some of the best bands in the world, none can be convinced to compete, until the BBC did an internal selection this year and took old pros Blue on board to represent the country. Quite an inspired idea, in theory - take someone who has been popular in a lot of places and see if that can attract some votes.

Here's the result of the 12points jury: did the four lads make us go all gooey inside, or leave us cold?

Song/Lyrics - 6/12
The best thing you can say about this song is that it was one of the rare tunes this year to actually follow current trends - no schlager for these guys.  The song is catchy but not quite something you dance to.

Performance - 4/12
Actual singing seems to be an ongoing problem for British performers. The recording of this song sounds great, but with a load of very high notes evading singer Lee Ryan's range, it drowns the song completely. Even before the first chorus, it seems like he's told himself that he won't be able to hit the right notes, and then by the end of the song, he's screaming out a load of melody that sounds like a cat being strangled.  And how could four guys singing together sound so empty?  The half-hearted explosion effect at the end of the song pretty much sums up the whole enterprise.

Choreography (including Arm-ography and Hair-ography) - 6/12
There is a lot of very carefully choreographed arm-ography available for the viewing public. But when an act like Blue takes itself so seriously, it seems kind of pointless. Arm-ography is supposed to be about reaching in the sky, flying high, wave goodbye, that sort of nonsense.  Here it just doesn't work.

Key Change Effectiveness - 0/12
None to be heard. 

Camp Factor - 4/12
Not really too much to speak of, except for giant screens behind the group make them seem very small in that huge stadium. But I'm sure that was unintentional.

TOTAL: 20/60.  Hope was very high for this song before the contest, but frankly they probably only got 11th place because of the name recognition. Blue were huge across Europe a few years ago, but as for staging a comeback with this song, they should have tried harder.

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