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British Boy Band: Blue

Updated on August 1, 2017
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Boy Band Blue: Eurovision and More

It was announced at the end of January 2011 that British boy band Blue had reformed to take part in The Eurovision Song Contest. Blue performed I Can at the 2011 Contest.

The four piece vocal band were approached by the BBC to write and perform the song as the United Kingdom's entry, and with millions of eyes across Europe on them, it was an offer the group could not refuse. Much of the media response was negative, stating that it was a mistake for the band's image to appear at the contest.

With the United Kingdom's dismal last place results over the past few years - only Jade Ewen achieving a respectable fifth place in 2008 - many other observers saw Blue's participation as a positive and the real possibility of a UK win. As things turned out, Blue finished eleventh in the competition, but this did not stop I Can from becoming popular across Europe.

Here, we look back at Blue's career, and look forward to more from this successful quartet.

Blue: UK Singles Discography

UK Chart Position
All Rise
Too Close
If You Come Back
Fly By ll
One Love
Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word
U Make Me Wanna
Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours
Breathe Easy
Curtain Falls
I Can
Hurt Lovers
I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday
King of the World

Blue: Quick Facts

  1. Blue are: Simon Webbe, Lee Ryan, Duncan James and Antony Costa.
  2. The band has achieved three platinum selling UK Number 1 albums in just three releases.
  3. Blue have recorded eleven Top 10 singles in the UK (so far), including three Number 1 tracks: Too Close, If You Come Back and Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.
  4. Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Angie Stone, Lil' Kim and Kool & the Gang have all collaborated on various Blue hits.
  5. The band split in 2005, but reformed in 2011 following solo projects. The same year, they were asked to write and then perform a song as the UK entry for The Eurovision Song Contest. The track I Can was the result.
  6. The band participated in the reality series The Big Reunion on UK television, along with acts such as, Atomic Kitten, Five, B*Witched and 911.
  7. Band member Simon Webbe competed in the 2014 series of the UK TV ballroom dance competition Strictly Come Dancing (known as Dancing With the Stars in other territories).

Too Close: UK Number 1 From 2001

Too Close became Blue's first Number 1 song in the UK, following the Top 10 success of the band's debut single, All Rise.

It's a cover of a track released by the popular American R&B vocal group, Next, which hit the top of the US's Billboard Hot 100 back in 1998 and became one of the Top 20 songs of the 1990s.

Blue's version climbed to Number 1 in the UK during September 2001 for one week and is included on the band's debut album, All Rise.

Blue: The Ultimate Collection


If You Come Back: Another UK Number 1 From 2001

The band's follow-up to Too Close was another track from their debut album and, once again, it saw the group at the top of the UK charts just three months later in November, 2001.

If You Come Back was yet another international success - except in North America - reaching the Top 20 in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, Sweden and Belgium and selling a million copies in the process.

Blue: UK Album Discography

UK Chart Position
All Rise
One Love

2013: Roulette: The Latest Album From Blue


Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word: UK Number 1 From 2002 Featuring Elton John

In 2002, Blue joined forces with Sir Elton John to cover his 1976 hit, Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word.

It was the band's third and, to date, final Number 1 song - hitting the top of the UK charts for a week over Christmas 2002 - and included on their second UK Number 1 album, One Love.

This bettered Elton's original recording, which only managed to peak at Number 11 in the UK, but nevertheless enjoyed better chart action in the US, reaching Number 6.

2011: Eurovision Song Contest

Blue at Eurovision 2011
Blue at Eurovision 2011 | Source

Blue Go to Eurovision

In 2011, Blue was picked as the act that would represent the United Kingdom at The Eurovision Song Contest.

The band was commissioned to write and perform the UK's song that year for the event held in Düsseldorf, Germany. The anticipation of a British win was high as Blue was the first act in many years which had enjoyed commercial success before their participation in the Contest.

The boys came up with the song I Can, but unfortunately, their rendition before the jury was not as slick as they would have hoped for and they were marked down to 22nd place.

On the night, the band was drawn fourteenth to perform out of a field of 25. That performance wasn't their best, but because the band was well-known across Europe, they managed to secure enough public telephone votes to secure eleventh place with a total of 100 points.

Once released, it sold well enough to register in the Top 20 in the UK and in charts around Europe, promoted with the help of two official videos.

I Can: Promotional Video Number 1

I Can: Official Video Number 2


The Blue Poll - What's Your Favourite Song?

Which of Blue's hits is your favourite?

See results

Blue In Conversation

Feb 2013: The boys from Blue returned with a new album (Roulette) and single, Hurt Lovers, following their foray into the world of Eurovision.

Hurt Lovers also served as the title song for the Schweighofer German comedy Schlussmacher.

In this interview, Duncan, Lee, Simon and Antony tell us whether they have been dumped really badly; talk about groupies; Matthias Schweighofer and their love for Berlin.

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© 2011 Richard

Are You A Fan of the Band Blue?

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      Mary Norton 

      6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I have not heard of them until now so I have something to find out from the grand kids.

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      6 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I'm not familiar with the band 'Blue', but they appear to be very popular in the UK.

    • january962 profile image


      6 years ago

      Really great band=)

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      6 years ago

      I love all your guys' soft voices and your lyrics especially. you come to me with no risistance and it's too deep, which makes me refreshed. I'm into you much. Happy to have you back.

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      7 years ago

      I like this Blue band! I hadn't heard much of this band until I saw them on the Graham Norton show and since then I started looking for their music :)

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      7 years ago

      i'm from philippines and a very fan of blue

    • schatzjopi profile image


      7 years ago

      very nice lens mate

    • debnet profile image


      7 years ago from England

      They were robbed... blessed by a squid Angel ;)

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      7 years ago

      Great lens

    • WhiteOak50 profile image


      7 years ago

      I have not heard of this group before, but I sure like the song "One Love"!! GREAT presentation of this band.

    • clouda9 lm profile image

      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      Yummy...erm I mean handsome (forgot I wasn't on a recipe lens, cuz of all the eye candy here :) I had not heard of Blue...til now and I got into there music real quick like!

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      Penny Pincher G 

      7 years ago

      not a big fan of boy bands but this band is sure nice to look at :) I also remember listening to the first song on the lens when I was younger. Thumbs up :)

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      nightbear lm 

      7 years ago

      Great lens. Not at all familiar with the band. (Sorry, just don't follow music) but I did enjoy the videos.


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