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Lucie Jones to represent the UK at Eurovision

By | Published on Monday 30 January 2017

Lucie Jones

Well, it has been decided, too late to change it now: Lucie Jones will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev this May with ‘Never Give Up On You’. Actually, it’s possibly our strongest effort for years, and co-written by a former winner, but it’s not like anyone in Europe’s actually going to vote for the UK this year.

Jones was selected on Friday from six hopefuls on ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ – a public vote to pick an entrant being held for the second year running, rather than just letting a shady BBC committee choose something at random. Having appeared in various musicals, including ‘Les Miserables’, ‘Legally Blonde’ and ‘Rent’, she may be more familiar to the general public for coming eighth in the 2009 series of ‘X-Factor’.

‘Never Give Up On You’ was co-written by Emmelie de Forest, who won Eurovision for Denmark in 2013, along with The Treatment and Lawrie Martin.

“I’m very excited”, said Jones, after her win. “I’m still shaking a little bit. I can’t believe that people chose me. How wonderful is that? Representing the UK as a singer, it’s such an honour”.

Watch Jones perform ‘Never Give Up On You’ here: