I Can (Blue song)

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"I Can"
Single by Blue
from the album Roulette
Released1 May 2011
FormatCD single, digital download
GenrePop, dance-pop
Songwriter(s)Duncan James, Lee Ryan, Ciaron Bell, Ben Collier, Ian Hope, Liam Keenan, StarSign[1]
Producer(s)Ronny Svendsen, Hallgeir Rustan
Blue singles chronology
"Only Words I Know"
"I Can"
"Hurt Lovers"
"Only Words I Know"
"I Can"
"Hurt Lovers"
Audio sample
Music video
"I Can" on YouTube
United Kingdom "I Can"
Eurovision Song Contest 2011 entry
Duncan James, Lee Ryan, Ciaron Bell, Ben Collier, Ian Hope, Liam Keenan, StarSign
Duncan James, Lee Ryan, Ciaron Bell, Ben Collier, Ian Hope, Liam Keenan, StarSign
Finals performance
Final result
Final points
Appearance chronology
◄ "That Sounds Good to Me" (2010)   
"Love Will Set You Free" (2012) ►

"I Can" is a song by British pop group Blue, taken from their fourth studio album, Roulette. It was the United Kingdom's entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 which was held in Düsseldorf, Germany. The song came 11th scoring 100 points.[2] The single was released on 1 May 2011 as a digital download, with the physical release the day after.[3]

"I Can" peaked at number 16 on the UK Singles Chart, becoming Blue's lowest-charting single in the UK.[4] The song was written by group members Duncan James and Lee Ryan with Ciaron Bell, Ben Collier, Ian Hope, Liam Keenan, and Norwegian production team StarSign. It was produced by Ronny Svendsen and Hallgeir Rustan, the latter who previously produced several of Blue's hit singles.

Critical reception[edit]

Digital Spy gave the song three stars out of five, and wrote: "I've never lost anything quite like this/ No second chances if I don't find it," the band continue over juddering synths that give way to a fist-clenching, Blue for 2011 chorus that sadly just misses the spot - the watered down production suggesting they aren't as cocksure of this plan as they claim. [...] Still - call them crazy, but there's enough here to suggest they might just pull the whole thing off."[5]


During an appearance on BBC Breakfast on 9 February 2011, Blue confirmed that the song was written before they were asked to represent the UK in Düsseldorf, and described it as "a mix of pop, anthem and typically Blue sounding".[6] On 12 February 2011, Blue began their promotional tour with an appearance on Malta Eurosong 2011. As 'I Can' had not yet finished production, the group sang their previous hit "If You Come Back".[7] This was followed by another guest appearance, singing "Breathe Easy" on the Spanish national final Destino Eurovisión on 18 February.[7] The band performed the song for the first time on 11 March 2011 on The Graham Norton Show.[8]

A promotional video for the song has also been released by BBC One with the blue London skyline in the background. They appeared at various events including at Comic Relief Does Glee Club on 17 March 2011 and on the Italian version of Top of the Pops on 21 March. The official music video was launched on 14 April 2011.[9] The BBC aired a special one-hour documentary entitled Eurovision: Your Country Needs Blue on 16 April 2011, to mark their preparations for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest. The single was released on 1 May 2011.[10]

Blue also appeared nude in British gay monthly Attitude in the magazine's annual Naked issue. Blue was featured both on the cover and in an inside major article in promotion of the British bid to Eurovision.[11] Blue performed the song on Paul O'Grady Live on 29 April and on the So You Think You Can Dance UK results show.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "I Can" (StarSign Radio Edit) – 3:01
  2. "I Can" (Original Mix) – 3:09
  3. "I Can" (Instrumental) – 3:01
  1. "I Can" (Radio Edit) – 3:03
  2. "I Can" (Funky Viva Remix) – 3:07
  3. "All Rise" (Acoustic Version) – 4:25
  • German digital download[13] / CD single[14]
  1. "I Can" (Radio Edit) – 3:01
  2. "I Can" (Funky Viva Remix) – 3:06

Eurovision Song Contest[edit]

It was the first time in Eurovision Song Contest history that the British entry has been decided internally by the BBC. An announcement was made on 29 January 2011 through the BBC News and official Eurovision Song Contest websites. It finished in 11th place in the Eurovision Song Contest 2011.[15]

Bulgaria gave the song 12 points (the highest possible score), Italy 10 points, Malta 7 and Turkey 6. Overall, if the jury vote had not been counted the song would have finished in 5th place as it did from televotes.[16]


Weekly charts[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
United Kingdom 1 May 2011[10] Digital download Blueworld
2 May 2011[12] CD single
Germany 13 May 2011 Digital download[13] Island Records
CD single[14]


  1. ^ Blue - I Can (United Kingdom 2011) | Participant Profile | Eurovision Song Contest - Malmö 2013
  2. ^ "Eurovision Song Contest 2011 Final". Retrieved 29 January 2013.
  3. ^ Copsey, Robert (11 March 2011). "Interview: Blue". Digital Spy. Retrieved 14 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Official Top 40 Singles Chart". BBC. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  5. ^ Blue: 'I Can' - Music Singles Review - Digital Spy
  6. ^ "Boy band Blue reveal Eurovision 'anthemic blues' song". BBC. 9 February 2011. Retrieved 9 February 2011.
  7. ^ a b "Blue's Eurovision Campaign - Update 1". BBC Eurovision. 18 February 2011. Retrieved 19 February 2011.
  8. ^ Montebello, Edward. "News - Exclusive: Blue speaks to esctoday.com". ESCToday. Retrieved 12 February 2011.
  9. ^ "I Can" official music video
  10. ^ a b c iTunes - Music - I Can - EP by Blue
  11. ^ Daily Mirror: Boyband Blue strip for Eurovision
  12. ^ a b I Can: Amazon.co.uk: Music
  13. ^ a b iTunes - Musik – „I Can (Special Version) - Single“ von Blue
  14. ^ a b I Can: Amazon.de: Musik
  15. ^ "Eurovision 2011 Scoreboard". Eurovision. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
  16. ^ Storvik-Green, Simon. "Blue to represent the United Kingdom in Düsseldorf". European Broadcasting Union. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  17. ^ "Austriancharts.at – Blue – I Can" (in German). Ö3 Austria Top 40.
  18. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blue – I Can" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  19. ^ "Ultratop.be – Blue – I Can" (in French). Ultratip.
  20. ^ "Musicline.de – Blue Single-Chartverfolgung" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  21. ^ "Chart Track: Week 20, 2011". Irish Singles Chart.
  22. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  23. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Blue – I Can". Swiss Singles Chart.
  24. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company.
  25. ^ "Liste der erfolgreichsten Hits 2011". RTL Television (in German). RTL Group. Retrieved 10 December 2011.