Steps debate the merits of entering Eurovision

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Steps were once described by producer Pete Waterman as “Abba on speed”, but would they ever follow in the Swedish group’s footsteps and compete in Eurovision? Claire, Lee, Lisa, H and Faye discuss the pros and cons.

In the microscopic portion of the Venn diagram where those two groups overlap, there will be feverish excitement about the new album by Steps.

The record features contributions from no fewer than seven Eurovision alumni, including Robin Stjernberg, who represented Sweden in 2013, and Thomas G:son, who actually won the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest as composer of Loreen’s Euphoria.

His contribution to the Steps album, Something In Your Eyes, was itself a contender for Sweden’s Eurovision entry in 2011 – although it didn’t make it to the final.

Their new album doesn’t just feature contributions from the cream of Eurovision’s songwriters, but some of the biggest names in pop – including Sia, Gracey, Greg Kurstin (Adele, Paul McCartney), MNEK (Beyonce, Little Mix) and Fiona Bevan (Ed Sheeran, One Direction). Many of those writers grew up listening to Steps; and it feels like the stigma that surrounded the band’s unashamedly feel-good pop in the post-Cool Britannia 1990s has ultimately been forgotten.

Steps’ album, What The Future Holds, is out now on BMG. The band present a special show – Steps Into 2021 – for BBC Radio 2 on 30 December.