For the third year now, the United Kingdom have chosen to select their Eurovision act through the national final, Eurovision: You Decide. A total of six songs, which were previously revealed, were performed live on stage all hoping to follow in Lucie Jones’ footsteps.
This year the contest took place in Brighton Dome, and was hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Eurovision winner from 2015, Måns Zelmerlöw. Only a few weeks back, the six competing songs were revealed to fans, and overall faced mixed reviews, with certain acts emerging as strong favourites to take out the competition and go on to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision this year.
Here are the competing entries:
Asanda – Legends
Goldstone – I Feel the Love
Jaz Ellington – You
Liam Tamne – Astronaut
RAYA – Crazy
SuRie – Storm
After each performance, a special panel gave their comments and critiques to the artists and their songs, and added advice on how their songs could translate to the Eurovision stage if given the chance. The panel consisted of Rylan (singer and television personality), Tom Fletcher (member of group McFly) and Rochelle Humes (member of The Saturdays).
Ultimately, the voting was decided by an eight person jury, as well as the public with a split of 50/50. It was time for the winner to be announced, and that winner is…. SuRie with Storm!
Watch the performance below:
SuRie has classical roots in not only voice, but also piano and oboe, and her music career took off quite early in her life. She performed for HRH Price Charles in British venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and St. Paul’s Cathedral, and she has also performed abroad in venues such as St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice.
SuRie is a graduate of The Royal Academy of Music, and began songwriting at the age of 12. She performs in Jazz lounges across London, and has been a backing vocalists for international stars such as Chris Martin and Will Young. She is also no stranger to Eurovision, having appeared as a backing singer for both Loïc Nottet in 2015 and Blanche last year. This year, she will get the chance to show off her talents up front and centre!