Eurovision 2017 Entry: United Kingdom – Lucie Jones – Never Give Up on You

The United Kingdom is trying to play nice with Eurovision by promising to "Never Give Up on You", but will that feeling be reciprocated?

Lucie Jones will represent United Kingdom at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo: Charlie Clift) Lucie Jones will represent United Kingdom at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine (Photo: Charlie Clift)

Country: United Kingdom
Song Title: “Never Give Up on You”
Artist: Lucie Jones
Last year’s entry: “You’re Not Alone” – Joe and Jake (24th Place)

The United Kingdom has finally wised up to using an alum from The X Factor as their Eurovision representative, with series six contestant Lucie Jones beating out a bunch of other alumni for the chance to represent the Union Jack in Kyiv. Will Europe “Never Give Up on You”, UK?

How to answer this question… I don’t think Europe will give up on this entry, but I don’t imagine this song attracting much attention in the first place.

Lucie Jones does a fine job delivering the song, and I can understand how she has booked so many theater gigs. Unfortunately, there isn’t much to the song. The lyrics aren’t quite cliche, but there are no clever turns of phrase or sophisticated rhymes happening either. The chorus doesn’t have a strong hook, allowing the song to wander off and get lost. Even with repeat listens, I still find myself hoping that the beat will drop after the intro or some other excitement will get injected to make the track more exciting, but instead I remember disappointment.

There’s also the awkwardness of this entry coming about as the United Kingdom moves toward giving up on the European Union. Eurovision is not a political contest1, but I wouldn’t be surprised if some jurors or full juries decide to water down any support for Lucie Jones. Of course, in a Grand Final field with much more interesting songs, the watering down probably would have happened regardless.

Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final
May 13, 2017

FranceGermanyItalySpainUkraine • United Kingdom

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