Now then, this has totally knocked me for six. Those of you with longish memories for the lower reaches of national final detritus might just remember Cristal Snow. He was the perveyor of that high camp slice of electro clash Can't Save Me Now from way back in 2008. I enjoyed that performance so much that I followed his career for a bit, before he drifted off the radar.
So when I saw his name on the list of revealed UMK songs this morning I was well excited. Another slice of Apocalypse-friendly electro pop madness, I thought. I couldn't wait to hear it. But then something weird happened. Out of nowhere, Love Is Blind has turned out to be a throughly smart and mature mid tempo love song, with a clever, touching lyric, smashing singalong chorus, and a gear change that you just know is going to evoke the biggest firework curtain of the year.
How the bloody hell did he pull this off? I'm stunned. I was up for the jokes, but this is surely one of the best contenders that we've heard so far in what's been a pretty quiet season up to now. The fella's not known for his understatement, so I'm sure he'll pull off a suitably over-the-top performance on the night, but unless prior knowledge of his back catalogue by the UMK voting public is going to hold him back, it's going to be one heck of a song that manages to beat this on the night.
Good work, Cristal. You've done an old cynic proud!