Sonia Better The Devil You Know
"Better the Devil You Know" is a pop song written and produced by Brian Teasdale and Dean Collinson for Sonia. This single was released in April 1993 as the second and final single from Sonia's third album Better the Devil You Know (1993). This single's B-side "Not What I Call Love" appeared on Sonia's third album. "Better the Devil You Know" was United Kingdom's entry at the Eurovision Song Contest 1993.
For A Song for Europe 1993, the BBC asked the heads of each of the Eurovision Network member broadcasters for their opinion regarding who should represent the United Kingdom from a shortlist the BBC had prepared. A plurality chose 22-year-old recording artist Sonia, who already had a #1 hit to her credit. She then sang eight different songs at the national final. For the second year running, a nationwide telephone vote was held to pick one song to send to the Eurovision finals, held this year at Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland. "Better the Devil You Know", the fifth song performed, won with over 156,000 supporters, twice as many as the second-place entry.
The song was a retro rock 'n' roll offering with a 1950s flair. Sonia tells the story about how in love she is with her boyfriend, wishing he won't hurt her, for her love is true. She lets it known that she would "sell her heart and soul" to get his unconditional love in return, rationalising that it's better that one deal with "the devil you know" (him with his faults) instead of "the devil you don't" (another potential boyfriend).
Commenting on the song, Collinson stated that he'd written the song years before in an attempt to recreate "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" by Wham!. The song was played as part of a "Eurovision special" on TOTP2. DJ Steve Wright commented during the song's introduction, "This is a good song, but Sonia is a bit too eager to please, so therefore didn't give it the required 'I don't care too much about Eurovision' attitude", implying that was her downfall. The second loss to Ireland in as many years prompted a bit of speculation in the British tabloid press; one of the most popular stories spread was that Sonia took Eurovision so seriously and hoped she would win that she sobbed uncontrollably after she learned she lost. For her part, immediately after the winner was known, Sonia accepted defeat in a humble manner, smiled, and shook winner Niamh Kavanagh's hand.
After Eurovision, the song peaked at #15 on the UK Singles Chart, and was in the chart for 7 weeks.