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Electro Velvet 'need a gimmick'

Published 18/05/2015

Electro Velvet will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest
Electro Velvet will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest

Eurovision champion Cheryl Baker has said she does not think Electro Velvet can score a victory for the UK.

The 61-year-old singer won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1981 as part of Bucks Fizz, with their catchy tune Making Your Mind Up and its risque skirt-ripping dance routine.

Baker is hopeful Electro Velvet will score better than some of the UK's recent disappointing entries, but does not believe their song Still In Love With You has what it takes to win.

She said: "This year we've got a much better chance, I think it will be liked by a lot of people. I don't think it's a winning song, but I do think we'll be up in the top 10 maybe. I think a lot of countries will like it.

"But there's some really stiff competition this year, there's some really good songs.

"It's taken more seriously by the rest of the world, and this year we're actually taking it seriously, which is great. I think that's the way forward."

Baker said she believes Bucks Fizz's now infamous dance routine, which saw Bobby G and Mike Nolan tear off her and Jay Aston's skirts to reveal miniskirts underneath, was the secret to their success.

She advised Electro Velvet to get a "gimmick" if they wanted to win.

She said: "I think that was the iconic moment in Eurovision history when the emphasis was not just on the song, but on the performance, and the gimmick as well. That was the first time that a gimmick was used at Eurovision.

"And of course now, you've got the bearded bloke who won it last year (Austrian drag queen Conchita Wurst) - not that his song was a gimmick, but the look of him, you couldn't forget him. There are often gimmicks now. It's that moment when you watch that entry and you see something that makes you remember it."

Baker is tipping Australia to win the contest this year with their debut entry, Guy Sebastian and his song Tonight Again.

She said: "I think Australia are going to surprise a lot of people, from what I've seen and the comments that I've seen, Sweden and Australia are right up there. And I think that Electro Velvet will come in maybe top 10."

Asked what she thought about Australia being added to the entrants this year, Baker said: "It's huge in Australia, it always has been. I know Australia is on the other side of the world, and I do find it quite strange that it's in, but I'm glad, because we might get some votes!

"Perhaps the Eurovision Song Contest is a title, but it's just a world song contest really."

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