United Kingdom act for Eurovision Song Contest 2018 announced

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SuRie has been chosen to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon.

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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.

In case you missed it, the song that SuRie auditioned with to win her spot at Eurovision is called Storm.

SuRie was one of six acts to take part in the BBC's Eurovision: You Decide 2018 programme, where viewers voted for their favourite song to take on Europe.

She describes the song as "a smash" and says it is an 'anthemic, soulful pop party'. "This is fantastic." SuRie is not new to Eurovision - she was a backing dancer for Belgian act Loic Nottet in 2015 and served as the musical director for another Belgian entrant, Blanche, in 2017. "I normally like to be left alone for a few moments so I can calmly collect my thoughts and ensure I'm on the right spot at the right time, singing the right lyrics and that I haven't forgotten to put clothes on..."

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 victor will be selected via the combination of a public televote, consisting of televoting and online voting, and the votes of a professional jury panel.

Tonight the gods of Eurovision are once again putting our nation's musical fate in the hands of the British public - which act will wave the flag for Binfire Brexit Britain in Lisbon in May?

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