Monday, January 27, 2014

#ESC2014: GERI HALLIWELL, YES OR NO?

The rumours about Geri Halliwell representing the United Kingdom in the coming Eurovisin song contest 2014 in Copenhagen have been all over the internet for weeks if not months already. Certainly she hasn't done anything to stop them, on the contrary. If chosen - or it seems rather if she accepts the job - she kind of continues the BBC trend, The Hump was big in the 70's, Bonnie in the 80's and Geri along with the Spice Girls in the 90's. In a couple of years BBC might give us something from the 2010's if we are lucky....
Anyways, Geri would be just taylor made for Eurovision in many ways. She could have an instant pop song, fabulous over the top staging and a house hold name in the most parts of Europe. And a lot of adoring (gay) fans, likable and funny enough personality to keep the media busy and entertained. The only excuse and fear she might have to face and not to accept the job is the possibility of bombing in Eurovision (too). But as her come back with Half of me last year, and her first single since 2005 failed completely (charting only in Australia as #281) she hasn't got much to lose, does she? She couldn't do any worse in Copenhagen really, only to gain....
Her career has been rather solid while she was active with it, even if slightly going down. The debut solo album sold millions all around the world giving us hits like Look at me (UK #2), Mi chico latino (UK #1) and Lift me up UK (#1), two more number ones followed with Bag it up and It's raining men. Next singles Scream if you wanna go faster (UK #8) and Calling (UK #7) of the second album were still Top-10 hits even if the album sold only 1/3 of the previous one, yet over a million worldwide. The last single, re-release of Calling aka Au nome de l'amour charted in France at #22. Third album sold only half a million wordwide and the singles Ride it (UK #4) and Desire (UK #22) didn't bother the charts much anywhere. And then she disppeared from the music scene until late last year and Half of me..... 
Which brings us to the question: Does she need Eurovision more than Eurovision needs her? Or is it a win-win situation for both? I think so.... Anyways, it'd be great to have her in the line up and writing this post was a great walk down the memory line... it's raining me, hallelujah!....
BAG IT UP, GERI!

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