The UK 2018 Eurovision act SuRie insists she can win, despite the odds against her.
Our 2018 entry is heading into Eurovision this evening as one of the UK’s least popular acts to date, according to bookies Ladbrokes.
SuRie is an actress and singer who is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest, appearing as a backing singer for Loïc Nottet in 2015 and Blanche at Eurovision 2017.
She and her song Storm were selected back in February after six potential tracks were put to a viewer and panel vote.
Despite the odds – plus the continuing aftermath of the Brexit vote – SuRie insists she can still take victory.
“I haven’t heard the word Brexit once since I arrived in Lisbon. Not once,” she said. “Of course those political conversations are important and we need to resolve the problems we are facing. But for one night of the year we can leave politics at the door.
“Having been to Eurovision before I’ve seen first-hand the music and the song are the driving force at the top of the leaderboard. If a song speaks to someone I don’t think they pause on their phone and go ‘Hold on let me think about their political agenda’.
“They get their vote in for something that works for them. Does Storm tick all the boxes for people? I can only hope and do my best.”
In an interview with the Daily Mirror, SuRie said she wasn’t thinking about ending up with no points.
She said: “If I start thinking ‘I must not come last’ or ‘I must be on the left side of the leaderboard’ how can I channel that into a performance? It’s bonkers. It’s all about the story, my voice and we will see what happens.”
Eurovision 2018 airs tonight at 8PM on BBC One.