The UK’s Chosen Act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Who cares about The X Factor, The Voice, or Strictly Come Dancing, when it’s the Eurovision song contest that’s the real deal? Going since 1956, the competition is watched by millions all over Europe, despite the fact that it has become increasingly more about politics and pushing cultural agendas than the actual music. Plus, the music is usually notoriously terrible, but we can’t say it’s worse than the cover songs you see performed on other popular TV music shows.

Regardless, it isn’t too long until the next contest on May 8th, and representing the UK will be Royal Academy of Music graduate SuRie with her track “Storm”.

SuRie (real name Susanna Cork) was announced the winner of the ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ contest, after being chosen via both public and jury vote. Responding the her victory, SuRie said she would celebrate with “a bottle of something bubbly and a straw”. Well deserved.

This won’t be her first time appearing in Eurovision though, as she previously appeared supporting two Belgian entries – as a backup dancer for Loic Nottet in 2015, and musical director for Blanche last year. This time, however, it’s her turn for the spotlight, representing the UK.

“Storm” was written by Nicole Blair, Gil Lewis and Sean Hargreaves. Before the announcement, SuRie described herself as a “proud Brit” and that she would love to be a part of the contest.

“My eyes were opened to the beauty of Eurovision a couple of years ago and I was working with the Belgians so false flagging for a different country but I had an amazing time.”

“To be involved from my country, I’m a proud Brit… I’d love to be a part of Eurovision”.

This year’s contest will be held in Lisbon, since Portugal won the last year, with Salvador Sobral taking top honours with his song “Amar Pelos Dois”.

The UK came 15th place last year, with former X Factor contestant Lucie Jones representing the country with “Never Give Up On You”, which was a bit of a shame, since it was a pretty good song and all. However, the UK have really failed to be given any real points in the recent years during the Eurovision song contest.

Susanna Cork, aka SuRie (pictured). Credit: Sky News

The UK has won the contest an overall five times, however, they haven’t won it since 1997 when Katrina and the Waves’ racked up the points with “Love Shine a Light”.

Hopefully SuRie’s song will represent the country well this time. After all, it’s the definitely the kind of song that has that Eurovision-type of style to it, and it’s certainly a lot better than our other embarrassing entries from previous years. Remember “Flying The Flag”? Yeah, it’s better than that don’t you think!

But, with Brexit on the way, and EU bureaucracy intertwined and with the usual meddling in the distribution of points, SuRie might just find herself in the midst of some serious European politicking, once again.

Anyway, what are your thoughts on the new song, and do you think it could possibly be winning material? Alternatively, can you not stand the Eurovision song contest alongside the many people who still feel it is the ultimate tool of torture in having to sit through it every year with their parents or their significant other? Do let us know in the comments section down below.

 

<Story by Emily Clark>

Featured Photo Credit: Eurovisionworld

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