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Jess Glynne v Ella Eyre

Two young singers from London. Two hyped debut albums. Two huge hair-dos. We tally the scores as Jess Glynne and Ella Eyre compete for pop supremacy

One’s from north London, one’s from west; one specialises in big house bangers, the other in D&B work-outs; both have had massive hits already. Jess Glynne and Ella Eyre are both releasing a debut album this month, so we thought we’d pitch these two rising stars against each other in a pop deathmatch. Seconds out – it’s time for Hair Wars.

Round One: guest spots
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Round One: guest spots

Jess

Born and bred in north London, JG broke out with a cracking vocal on Clean Bandit’s ‘Rather Be’, which went to Number One. Then she sang on Route 94’s ‘My Love’, which went to Number One, followed by Tinie Tempah’s ‘Not Letting Go’, which went to… yep, you’ve guessed it. After a massive hit? Dial J for Jess.

Score: 10/10

Ella

Ealing-raised Ella made her name with a roaring vocal on Rudimental’s drum ’n’ bass monster ‘Waiting All Night’, which won Best British Single at the Brit Awards last year. More recently, she gave an equally gutsy performance on DJ Fresh’s Top Five drum ’n’ bass stomper ‘Gravity’. Not bad at all.

Score: 8/10

Round Two: solo skills
Ella Eyre © Paolo Zerbini
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Round Two: solo skills

Jess

Her deep, soulful voice is a formidable instrument: hefty enough to pull off gospel-tinged pop, supple enough to shine on big house tunes. But Jess’s secret weapon could be her relatability. She’s named her debut album ‘I Cry When I Laugh’, which says a lot.

Score: 8/10

Ella

A night of smoke and liquor before the hangover hits: that’s Ella’s majestic vocal tone. So far she’s mainly devoted it to D&B--flavoured material like her singles ‘Good Times’ and ‘Together’, but the gorgeously raw ‘Even If’ shows that she can handle a piano ballad just as well. And she’s got sass and slinkiness to spare: her album is called ‘Feline’. Miaow!

Score: 8/10

Round Three: life advice
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Round Three: life advice

Jess

One of the great things about pop music is the way it can pull us all through our darkest times. Jess has aced that on her latest single, which has the self-explanatory title ‘Don’t Be So Hard on Yourself’. ‘Learn to forgive, learn to let go,’ she urges on the chorus, ‘Everyone trips, everyone falls.’ Try to remember this next time you come a cropper running for the bus. 

Score: 7/10

Ella

Never mind the softly-softly approach. On her standout track ‘Comeback’, Ella tackles the age-old dilemma of what to do with your no-good cheatin’ partner. Her measured advice? ‘Dig their grave and let that motherfucker burn.’ Now that’s life-coaching.

Score: 8/10

Round Four: Cockney rhyming slang potential
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Round Four: Cockney rhyming slang potential

Jess

‘Oi, do us a favour, love, and take out the Jess (Glynne: bin).’

Score: 7/10

Ella

‘No way am I going out with that Vanessa again: last time she got trolleyed on Jägerbombs and threw up in my Ella (Eyre: hair).’

Score: 7/10

Final Round: Hair
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Final Round: Hair

Jess

Her gleaming beacon of copper curls is so enviable, she could be this generation’s answer to Carol Decker from T’Pau.

Score: 9/10

Ella

Her dip-dyed afro is so desirable, it even has its own Twitter fan account: @EllasCurls.

Score: 7/10

 

And the winner is…
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And the winner is…

The charts, obvs. With 41 points each, it’s an honourable draw. Both singers are poised to make the British pop landscape a little bit richer – and give every other pop star major curl envy.



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