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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Goldstone Talks Eurovision You Decide, Their Song “I Feel The Love”, And The Eurovision Song Contest

We’re so excited to give to you our exclusive interview with Goldstone. This British three-piece girl group will be performing, tonight, on Eurovision: You Decide as they compete to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.

To do so, they’ll have to appeal to the jury and the public at home. Their song is “I Feel The Love” and it was written by Eric Lumiere, Joakim Buddee, Laura White, and Roel Rats. Goldstone consists of Aimie Atkinson, Helen Wint, and Rhiannon Porter; and they have a whole range of stage experience behind them, having all been West End performers.

Tonight will see them grace the Brighton Dome stage. This is the venue where ABBA won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 with their song “Waterloo” before going on to become one of the most popular recording artists of all time. Could performing here lead to the UK winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2018?

Goldstone, with “I Feel The Love”, are one of six contestants. They will be going against Asanda with “Legends“, Jaz Ellington with “You“, Liam Tamne with “Astronaut“, RAYA with “Crazy“, and SuRie with “Storm“. We really do wish all competitors the best of luck.

We were lucky enough to grab an interview with Goldstone before they perform at the Brighton Dome. They chatted with us about Eurovision: You Decide, their song “I Feel The Love”, their past experience, and the Eurovision Song Contest as a whole. Check out what they had to say below.

Hi there, Aimie, Helen, and Rhiannon, we hope you are having a good day. What have you been up to lately?

We have been so busy rehearsing lately for Eurovision and other gigs, but we are loving every minute of it!

You are preparing for Eurovision: You Decide, how excited are you to perform at the Brighton Dome?

We’re so excited to perform at Brighton Dome! We cannot wait to get out on that stage.

Your song is “I Feel The Love”, can you tell us more about the track?

We love the song as it’s about banding together and uniting everyone. It’s a song that holds no judgements about who you are who you love and we really connect to that. It’s so uplifting and we love singing it.

Who do you think is the biggest competition for you? And, if Goldstone doesn’t win, who do you want to win instead?

I think there’s steep competition this year as all the acts are so talented and their songs are all fantastic. We love Asanda’s song “Legends” and RAYA’s song “Crazy” is very cool! There’s lots of girl power going on this year!

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Why do you think “I Feel The Love” will be the perfect song to represent the UK at Eurovision?

“I Feel The Love” is the perfect song for Eurovision as it’s about unity and coming together for the greater good. We really think the song is such positive anthem and we all need a bit of uplifting in today’s crazy climate. I think our previous experience in shows will certainly help with the performance. The standard is so high this year that it’s really going to come down to giving it our all on the night!

As a three-piece girl group, are you worried about being compared to O’G3NE, who represented the Netherlands last year?

O’G3NE we’re fabulous at last year’s Eurovision we relish the comparison as we think they are awesome. 

What do you plan to bring to Eurovision: You Decide, and ultimately bring to the Eurovision 2018 stage?

We love to perform live and put on a great show so we really think our song is at its best when performed in front of a live audience. We’ve been together as a group for three years and are all so close so we’re hoping you get to see our personality shine onstage.

How did you three meet? Goldstone has been going since 2013, how have you managed over the years?

Aimie and Helen met on the show dirty dancing and they bonded over their love of pop music. When they finished touring the UK together they didn’t want to stop singing together so they created Goldstone and Rhiannon joined the group as the third member and the three of us have been gigging and doing shows ever since.

Having been West End performers, do you think your stage experience will help you for Eurovision: You Decide?

We think our previous experience in shows will certainly help with the performance. The standard is so high this year that it’s really going to come down to giving it our all on the night!

Talking about being on stage and all that you have achieved to date, what has been your highlights and why?

Rhiannon: Travelling to Australia to do “Jesus Christ Superstar” and also this! It’s the biggest singing competition in the world!

Helen: My first West End musical “Daddy Cool” was my favourite show to do! Such an amazing experience. Eurovision: You Decide is bringing back all those feelings of excitement I had when I first started out… I’ve never done anything like this before and am loving it!

Aimie: This is my highlight by far! I’m a huge Eurovision fan so being a part of this is incredible.

If you could go back in time and change one thing, whether that be an audition or a role you wish you hadn’t have done, and it wouldn’t change the future at all, what would it be?

We are all firm believers in ‘everything happens for a reason’ so we wouldn’t change anything! All the knockbacks in the past make you a stronger person, and when good things happen it makes you appreciate it all the more!

Back to Eurovision: You Decide. How are you preparing for the event?

We are preparing by rehearsing nonstop. We are in rehearsals every day to make sure we can give it our best shot on the night.

What do you make of Eurovision as a whole? Also, what were your thoughts on last year’s contest?

Eurovision is such an incredible event. It brings millions of people together to celebrate music. The production values are so high… Every year just gets better and better!

Some amazing acts have been announced as representatives for other countries, to date. Who are you most looking forward to seeing perform in May?

We cannot really choose one! The standard is so high this year.

Have you seen the images of the stage at the Altice Arena, Lisbon, Portugal? What did you make of the pictures? Are you excited to know that you may be performing there if you win Eurovision: You Decide?

The venue this year in Lisbon looks sensational… To perform there would be a real honour. I’m sure we would be overwhelmed with happiness!

If you could collaborate with any past participant of Eurovision, who would it be and why?

We would love to collaborate with Måns [Zelmerlöw]! His performance of “Heroes” was one of our favourites… Plus he is presenting BBC’s [Eurovision: You Decide] so maybe we can plant the seed!

And, over the years, what song has been your favourite from Eurovision?

“I Can” by Blue!

Lastly, is there anything you want to say to your fans, and the people who will be voting for you tonight?

We would love to thank all of our fans for being so amazing and supportive throughout this whole experience. Please don’t forget to vote for us… Every single person can make a difference! 

Thank you, Goldstone, for finding the time to answer our questions. We know how busy you must be preparing for tonight. We wish you the best of luck and really believe you will nail “I Feel The Love” on stage. We cannot wait to see your performance.

You can catch the girls performing live on Eurovision: You Decide on BBC Two at 7:30pm GMT presented by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw. Who wins? You decide! Well, the UK public decides 50% of the votes, a professional jury will decide the other 50%. There will also be three expert panellists who will give their comments after each performance; this expert panel consists of Rylan, Rochelle Humes, and Tom Fletcher; it’s key to note that these three will only comment on each performance and are not a part of the professional jury who make up the other 50% of the votes.

You can catch the girls performing live on Eurovision: You Decide on BBC Two at 7:30pm GMT presented by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw. Who wins? You decide! Well, the UK public decides 50% of the votes, a professional jury will decide the other 50%. There will also be three expert panellists who will give their comments after each performance; this expert panel consists of Rylan, Rochelle Humes, and Tom Fletcher; it’s key to note that these three will only comment on each performance and are not a part of the professional jury who make up the other 50% of the votes.

Written by Jonathan Currinn

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