This evening, SuRie won the right to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon this May with her song ‘Storms’, written by Nicole Blair, Gil Lewis, and Sean Hargreaves.
Earlier this week, we spoke to SuRie about her national selection entry ‘Storm’, and her background. Talking about her presence on social media, SuRie started by saying, “Twitter melted. My phone melted. But I loved the chaos of it. The response was so lovely and I’ve enjoyed interacting with the fans of the contest online so much, whether they like the song or not”, continuing on to say “their opinions are of course so valid and I respect that, it’s important to hear that feedback. I’ve loved being able to do that so easily, it’s been such a fun few weeks”.
“Being compared to a supermarket version of Annie Lennox has been a highlight for me so far”
SuRie started on stage as a very young child, appearing in front of HRH Prince Charles and performing at iconic venues such as the Royal Albert Hall and St. Paul’s Cathedral. Despite such firm and established foundations, she likes to appear on stage alone so to collect her thoughts.
Eurovision: You Decide
Following a string of poor results through the first few year’s of this decade, the United Kingdom’s national broadcasting company opted to host a live, televised selection process, “Eurovision: You Decide”, in which the public selected the country’s representative through means of popular vote. Now in its third year, and having been promoted from BBC Three, a prime time only station, to BBC Two after the closure of the former station, the show’s had a bit of a makeover. This year ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ resides in Brighton, a seaside town on the south coast of the British mainland. The venue selected, the Brighton Dome, played host to the Eurovision Song Contest itself back in 1974 when ABBA won the contest with ‘Waterloo’.
This year Mel Giedroyc was joined on stage by an additional presenter. Mans Zelmerlow, the winner of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 and host of the 2016 edition in Stockholm, co-presented the feature-length broadcast. Mans has previously attempted to represent Sweden on a number of occasions, competing in the national selection ‘Melodifestivalen’ three times as a singer before eventually winning three years ago.
A well-known artist and television host in Sweden, Mans has also presented the country’s national selection and many other SVT flagship broadcasts. From Summer 2012, for three years he presented the sing-along series Allsang Pa Skansen before leaving to enter Melodifestivalen once again. In Vienna, 2015, Mans won the Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Heroes’, claiming 365 points.
The Six British Selection Songs
Six songs were nominated to represent the United Kingdom at this year’s Eurovision, and this year it was a more varied selection than ever.
Asanda – Legends
‘Legends’ by Christopher Wortley, Laurell Barker and Roel Rats
Asanda says about her song: “It is a unique song with a very energetic rhythm and has a tribal feel to it. I think the melody and the lyrics come together to form a very beautiful and inspirational message that is relatable to everyone.”
Goldstone – I Feel The Love
‘I Feel The Love’ by Eric Lumiere, Joakim Buddee, Laura White and Roel Rats
Goldstone say about their song: “We adore our song! It’s just so hopeful! And with everything that is happening in the world right now it really hits home. It makes you feel positive about the future and its message is that it doesn’t matter who you are, who you love or where you come from – we can always band together and unite.”
Jaz Ellington – You
‘You’ by Ashley Hicklin, Herman Gardarfve & Laura White
Jaz says about his song: “The song is a story of two people in a relationship. The person telling the story compares everything his partner does, to the one he truly loves. It’s beautiful and yet sad at the same time, I just love it. #audiblegold.”
Liam Tamne – Astronaut
‘Astronaut’ by Ashley Hicklin, Jacob Pedersen, Jeanette Bonde and Rune Braager
Liam says about his song: “It’s a great song and I believe many people can relate to it. The message will resonate with a lot of people, as we all need that someone at some point in our lives to pick us up and whisk us away.”
RAYA – Crazy
‘Crazy’ by Emil Rosendal Lei, Greta Salóme Stefánsdóttir and Samir Salah Elshafie
RAYA says about her song: “It’s extremely catchy and upbeat with a really fresh and commercial feel. It’s all about that new guy or girl who you can’t get out of your head no matter how hard you try.”
SuRie – Storm
‘Storm’ by Nicole Blair, Gil Lewis, and Sean Hargreaves
SuRie says about her song: “Storm is a smash! It’s a dynamic combination of a more intimate, piano lead, singer songwriter style start, building into this anthemic, soulful pop party!”
The United Kingdom’s national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 was held on February 7th, broadcast live on BBC Two. The show, hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Mans Zelmerlow, took place in the Brighton Dome. On the night, SuRie won the right to represent the nation in Lisbon this May with her song ‘Storms’.