With a few reservations, I actually quite like it. I'd drop the scat (it might make the song sound like too much of a mick-take). And I think the hook needs to be a LOT more distinctive. Plus there are, of course, the usual question marks over live performance and staging/presentation - with UK precedents not filling me with an awful lot of confidence - but I quite like the techno-Charleston feel and the lyrics are pretty neat (i.e. suitably 'kooky' and quite creative). But it does have the potential to be a Jemini-style fiasco if they don't get everything right on the night.
I'm still smarting from the BBC's description of this year's selection as being an open competition. When they announced it I thought, great, I'll give it a go (again). But the rule was that the performer on the demo had to be the performer that would sing the song at the ESC. How many aspiring songwriters happen to know either a Cliff Richard or Engelbert Humperdinck, or else some hitherto unknown vocalist who nevertheless has the clear potential to deliver a stellar live performance in front of millions of television viewers across the globe?
I completely agree, Martin - the Beeb's definition of 'open' wasn't the one I'd have used. The key should surely be to spot songs with potential rather than polish. For an organisation with their resources and contacts, buffing them up once they've done that should be the easy bit.