SuRie wins Eurovision: You Decide 2018!

Aaron Brown
February 9, 2018

The UK Eurovision entry 2018 was confirmed on Wednesday with singer SuRie will be representing us in Portugal in May.

Cork has also performed for royalty, singing for the Prince of Wales as a child soloist, while in recent years she has provided backing vocals for artists including Chris Martin and Will Young.

Fewer than a million viewers watched the UK's Eurovision act for 2018 chosen last night.

SuRie - real name Susanna Cork - was announced as the victor of Eurovision You Decide during a live event in Brighton on Wednesday (February 7), which was broadcast on BBC Two.

Storm was penned by Nicole Blair, Gil Lewis and Sean Hargreaves, and will be performed by SuRie on the Eurovision stage in May. She's no stranger to Eurovision, having appeared as a backing singer for Loïc Nottet in 2015 and Blanche at Eurovision 2017.

SuRie's song Storm starts as a piano lead ballad and builds into a pop song with a dance beat.

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"I can't believe this is happening, it's absolutely unbelievable", she said.

"It's the right time to get involved".

Six acts - including singers Jaz Ellington, Asanda, Raya, Liam Tamne and girl band Goldstone - competed for the chance to represent the United Kingdom.

The annual deciding contest first aired in 2016 but similar formats ran since 1957, except for between 2011 and 2015 when the United Kingdom entrants were internally selected with the public having no say.

The show is hosted by previous years' host Mel Giedroyc, being joined this year by Eurovision Song Contest 2015 victor Måns Zelmerlöw.

Tonight's national final victor was determined via a combined public and jury vote, each of whom had a 50% in the final outcome of the contest.

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