Electro Velvet’s song was selected from hundreds of entries received by the BBC
The duo behind the UK’s Eurovision entry have welcomed criticism of their song, Still in Love With You.
The Guardian called the track “nightmarish”, while The Independent branded it “instantly forgettable”.
But singer Alex Larke told the BBC: “I like the fact it divides opinion. It’s better than everyone having apathy for it.”
Bianca Nicholas, who shares the vocals, added: “There’s a lot of ballads this year, so our song will stand out.”
Larke described it as a “Marmite song”, while Nicholas pointed out that “a party song” was “really fitting” as Eurovision celebrates its 60th anniversary.
The duo, who go by the name of Electro Velvet, did not exist before Eurovision, although Larke said he had been “looking to write some songs with Bianca”.
The song was written by David Mindel, a jingle writer whose previous credits include the theme tunes for National Lottery Live and Jim’ll Fix It.
It was chosen through an open selection process which saw hundreds of entries from both professional and amateur songwriters.
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But it has met with mixed reactions.
One fan tweeted: “It’s a fun song and it’s very different to what we usually put in. We could be on to something here.”
But more typical was the reaction of actor Mark Gattiss, who tweeted: “Just heard our Eurovision entry. Doomed again.”
The president of the UK arm of the international Eurovision fan club, the Organisation Generale des Amateurs de l’Eurovision (OGAE), told BBC News on Sunday he had “expected something more”.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment