Flying the Flag (For You)

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"Flying the Flag (For You)"
Natalie Powers (top left), Russ Spencer (bottom left), David Ducasse (top right), Caroline Barnes (bottom right)
Single by Scooch
from the album Eurovision Song Contest 2007
Released 30 April 2007 (digital download)
7 May 2007 (CD single)
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded 2007
Genre Bubblegum dance
Length 3:04
Label Warner Bros.
Writer(s) Russ Spencer
Morten Schjolin
Andrew Hill
Paul Tarry
Scooch singles chronology
"For Sure"
(2000)
"Flying the Flag (For You)"
(2007)
Audio sample
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United Kingdom "Flying the Flag (For You)"
Eurovision Song Contest 2007 entry
Country United Kingdom
Artist(s) Russ Spencer,
Natalie Powers,
Caroline Barnes,
David Ducasse
As Scooch
Language English
Languages French, English, Spanish, UK(English)
Composer(s) Andrew Hill,
Morten Schjolin,
Russ Spencer,
Paul Tarry
Lyricist(s) Andrew Hill,
Morten Schjolin,
Russ Spencer,
Paul Tarry
Finals performance
Final result 22nd
Final points 19
Appearance chronology
◄ "Teenage Life" (2006)   
"Even If" (2008) ►

"Flying the Flag (For You)" is a song performed by British pop/bubblegum dance group Scooch.

The song was entered and won the British national selection competition for the Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up in 2007, and subsequently represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007 in Helsinki, Finland. The song came 22nd with a total of 19 points, the same score as France.[1]

Song information[edit]

Scooch had reformed in hope of performing at the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, and the song was specifically written for the Contest; Eurovision rules state that the song must be an original composition and released no more than seven months before the contest.[2] Russ, as the captain, opens and closes the song with captain's announcements. Natalie and Caroline sing the vocals of the song, as David offers passengers confectioneries. The lyrics are heavily based on actual experiences of flying.[3] The song contains a liberal amount of sexual innuendo,[3] the most overt being "...and blow into the mouthpiece" and "Would you like something to suck on for landing, sir?" (the latter was omitted or changed for some tea-time television performances). The camp style was both praised and criticised - The Guardian noted that the song was, in terms of Eurovision, outdated and similar to Buck's Fizz's winning entry in 1981,[3] while Tim Moore called the song "a fine song in Eurovision tradition".[4]

Music video[edit]

The original music video was their final performance on Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up; Scooch recorded a new version once their contract with Warner Bros. had been signed. Following the lyrics, the second video starts with the quartet in the front of the aeroplane, with Spencer as the captain. The video continues with all of the members as stewards walking up and down the plane, with a cameo appearance from Sister Mary McArthur, who was invited to take part after the band saw her lip sync video.[5] Later in the video each member of the band is seen dancing in front of the flags of selected countries that are all participating in the Eurovision Song Contest 2007, in addition to the flag of the European Union.

"Flying the Flag" in Helsinki[edit]

Scooch performing "Flying the Flag (for You)" for the United Kingdom.

"Flying the Flag (for You)" was the nineteenth song to be sung during the Eurovision Song Contest.[6] The song scored only nineteen points: twelve from Malta, and seven from Ireland,[1] two nations known for awarding points to the United Kingdom - although according to the Head of the Maltese Delegation, Malta voted twelve partly in protest to regional block voting which, had made the Contest "not about the songs any more",[7] an opinion shared by "five or six other countries". Due to the low score that Scooch had received—only Ireland were lower on the scoreboard[1]—the song received negative press by newspapers - in particular, The Sunday Mirror were reported by the BBC to have stated that the song made the United Kingdom "the laughing stock of Europe",[8] The Sunday Times, according to the BBC, referred to the song, "It wasn't a disaster - more of a crash landing".[8][9]

International promotion[edit]

On 18 April 2007 it was announced that Scooch had been signed to the Warner Bros. label.[10] This would help them to promote and release their single to a broader range of fans in the United Kingdom and abroad. As part of the contract, Scooch recorded certain phrases of the song in French, German, Spanish, Bulgarian, and Danish.[9]

Track listings and formats[edit]

CD[11]
  1. "Flying The Flag (For You)" [Eurovision 2007 Version] (3:04)
  2. "Flying The Flag (For You)" [Karaoke Version] (3:04)
DVD[12]
  1. "Flying the Flag (For You)" [Video]
  2. "How To" Special Scooch Dance Feature [Video]
  3. "Flying the Flag (For You)" [Karaoke Version] [Video]
  4. "Flying the Flag (For You)" [Audio]

Chart positions[edit]

The official single version was available from 30 April 2007[13] and was released as a physical CD single in the following week, on 7 May 2007.[11]

The song debuted in the UK Top 40 at #5.[14]

Chart (2007) Peak
Position
UK Singles Chart 5
Irish Singles Chart 48

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Eurovision Song Contest 2007 Final Scoreboard". European Broadcasting Union (eurovision.tv). 2007-05-12. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  2. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest" (PDF). p. 3. Archived from the original on 2007-05-07. Retrieved 2007-05-14. The entries (lyrics and music) must not have been commercially released and/or publicly performed before 1 October 2006. 
  3. ^ a b c Sullivan, Caroline (2007-03-20). "Assume crash position". London: The Guardian Online. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  4. ^ Tim Moore (2007-05-13). "The worst show in living memory.". BBC News. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  5. ^ "Chit Chat - Sister is doing it for herself.". The Stage. 2007-05-04. Retrieved 2009-07-12. 
  6. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest Final Participants (in running order)". European Broadcasting Union (eurovision.tv). Archived from the original on 2007-05-10. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  7. ^ "Malta slates Eurovision's voting". BBC News. 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2007-05-14. 
  8. ^ a b "Papers bemoan UK Eurovision score". BBC News. 2007-05-13. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  9. ^ a b Bourne, Brendan (13 May 2007). "UK’s Scooch nosedive at Eurovision". Times Online (London: Times Newspapers). Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
  10. ^ Lamb, Liz (3 August 2007). "I'm flying the flag for talented youngsters". Evening Chronicle (ncjMedia Limited archived at Nexis). Retrieved 2009-07-11. (subscription required (help)). 
  11. ^ a b "HMV.co.uk singles: Flying the Flag (For You) (CD)". HMV.co.uk. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  12. ^ "HMV.co.uk singles: Flying the Flag (For You) (DVD)". HMV.co.uk. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  13. ^ "iTunes Store - Scooch - Flying the Flag (for You) single" (requires iTunes). 2007-04-30. Retrieved 2007-05-13. 
  14. ^ "Anglophenia - British Gossip With An American Accent - Webby Award Honoree". BBC America (BBC). 14 May 2007. Retrieved 2009-07-11. 
Preceded by
"Teenage Life"
by Daz Sampson
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
2007
Succeeded by
"Even If"
by Andy Abraham