United Kingdom 2018 🇬🇧 watch winner announcement and SuRie’s reprise from inside Brighton Dome
ON THE SPOT: LIVE FROM BRIGHTON
UNITED KINGDOM – SuRie is to represent the United Kingdom at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place this May in Lisbon, Portugal. SuRie took to the stage alongside five other hopefuls who all battled it out for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2018 in a live 90-minute musical extravaganza on BBC Two presented by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw.
SuRie will be performing Storm, which was written by Nicole Blair, Gil Lewis & Sean Hargreaves.
With classical roots in piano, voice and oboe, SuRie’s musical career started as a child soloist, performing for the likes of HRH Prince Charles in iconic British venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and St. Paul’s Cathedral and at venues all around the world, such as St. Mark’s Basilica in Venice. A graduate of The Royal Academy of Music, she started writing songs when she was just 12 years old. SuRie has held residencies in jazz lounges throughout London and performed backing vocals for artists like Chris Martin and Will Young.
She has prior Eurovision experience as she was a backing vocalist and dancer for Loic Nottet at Eurovision 2015 in Vienna, Austria, representing Belgium with Rhythm Inside. She returned two years later as Musical Director for Blanche’s City Lights in Kyiv, Ukraine last year. Both entries came fourth in their respective finals. Real name Susanna, SuRie is a combination of forenames Susanna Marie.
Eurovision: You Decide was broadcast live on BBC Two from The Brighton Dome, Brighton on Wednesday 7th February, featuring performances by six competing acts. The winner of Eurovision: You Decide 2018 was decided by a combination of viewer and expert jury votes. The expert panel comprising of Rylan Clark-Neal, Rochelle Humes and Tom Fletcher were also on hand to offer advice. As well as the acts battling it out for the public’s votes, the jam-packed 90-minute live show featured performances from 2017 Eurovision Song Contest UK delegate, Lucie Jones and 2015 Eurovison Song Contest winner, Måns Zelmerlöw.
On how she feels to be representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2018, SuRie said: “I can’t believe this is happening, it’s absolutely amazing. It’s such an honour to have the opportunity to represent a country I’m very, very proud of and that I know I can do good things for in Lisbon, so thank you to everyone who voted and supported me. This is amazing!”
Helen Riddell, Head of Delegation for the UK said: “This has been a stand-out year for Eurovision: You Decide with some amazing songs and performances tonight by some incredible artists – well done to everyone! We are delighted for SuRie and are proud to take Storm to the Eurovision Song Contest Final in May.”