Former backing singer SuRie to sing for UK at Eurovision

7 February 2018, 22:28

Former Eurovision backing singer SuRie will take centre stage to represent the UK at this year's song contest.

She beat five others in a combined public and expert jury vote after performing her track, Storm, at a televised BBC event in Brighton.

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

"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 in Lisbon for, so thank-you to everyone who voted and supported me. This is amazing."

Real name Susanna Cork, she has featured in Eurovision before - as a backing dancer for Belgian act Loic Nottet in 2015, and musical director for another Belgian entrant in 2017.

She has also sung backing vocals for acts such as Coldplay's Chris Martin and Will Young.

Speaking about her previous Eurovision experiences a few weeks ago, she said: "My eyes were opened to the beauty of Eurovision a couple of years ago and I was working with the Belgians, so false flagging for a different country, but I had an amazing time.

"To be involved from my country, I'm a proud Brit... I'd love to be a part of Eurovision in the UK."

The contest takes place in Portugal on 12 May.