The United Kingdom has selected Lucie Jones to represent them at the 62nd edition of the Eurovision Song Contest this May in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Lucie Jones will represent the United Kingdom on their sixtieth appearance at the Eurovision Song Contest, later this year in Kyiv, Ukraine. They beat off competition from five other singers tonight who took to the stage of the Hammersmith Apollo. This years UK selection saw the use 50% public voting and 50% jury voting, to decide who would make it all the way to Kyiv.
Competing in the final were:
- Olivia Garcia – Freedom Hearts
- Holly Brewer – I Wish I Loved You More
- Lucie Jones – Never Give Up on You
- Danyl Johnson – Light Up the World
- Salena Mastroianni – I Don’t Wanna Fight
- Nate Simpson – What Are We Made Of
Alongside five music professionals on the jury were three further panelists who made up the jury this evening. The three panelists who gave their thoughts live tonight were:
- Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Singer and songwriter known for her 2001 release “Murder on the Dance Floor”. Has released six studio albums and toured around Europe.
- Bruno Tonioli – Italian choreographer and dancer, known for being a judge on Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars (USA). Was also a panelist at the United Kingdom’s 2010 selection.
- CeCe Sammy – Vocal and performance coach, she was the chairperson for the United Kingdom’s jury at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. She awarded her 12 points to Cyprus in the final.
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The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, the first victory coming in 1967 and the latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top ten only twice, this being in 2002 and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.