Paul Weller has revealed that he would have allowed one of his songs to be used as the UK’s entry for this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
The former Jam frontman expressed his fondness for the annual continent-wide (and Australia) singing competition – which this year takes place in Kiev, Ukraine on Saturday (May 13) – in a new interview. The UK will be represented by former X-Factor contestant Lucie Jones at this year’s contest.
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Speaking to the BBC ahead of Saturday’s contest, the 59-year-old – who will release his latest solo album ‘A Kind Revolution’ on Friday (May 12) – voiced his desire to see the UK win the competition for the first time since Katrina and the Waves’ success in 1997.
“I want to see the UK win the Eurovision Song Contest,” Weller said. “And I think they need ‘The Impossible Idea’ [from ‘A Kind Revolution’, which he earlier described as “like a German beer hall song but with a sort of French chanson feel to it too”] as their tune. Yeah, they could have it absolutely.”
Asked if he’d have attended this year’s event in Kiev had ‘The Impossible Idea’ been selected as the UK’s entry, Weller replied: “I could be there, possibly. If it was my song then I would definitely, yeah.”
Ahead of the release of ‘A Kind Revolution’, Weller looked back at his life and career in a new interview with Q where he ruled out ever appearing on Piers Morgan‘s show Life Stories, declaring: “Talk to that cunt? You’re joking me – I don’t do that stuff.”