Country: United Kingdom
Betting Odds: 126/1
The United Kingdom have experienced somewhat of a drought at Eurovision in the past fifteen years or so. In that time they have finished last on three occasions and only Jade Ewen has been able to crack the top ten, back in 2009. They’ve tried selection shows, internal picks that have included some legends (Bonnie Tyler, Englebert Humperdinck), boy band Blue and a raft of former TV talent show participants, but none have paid off. They returned to their selection show ‘You Decide’ in 2018 and selected SuRie as their pick. She will be hoping her ‘Storm’ can end the drought.
SuRie surprised many when she won the UK selection show earlier this year with most fans touting Asanda or RAYA as the favourites for the crown. Nevertheless the singer has proven that experience matters (she has performed as backing vocalist for Will Young and Coldplay) and her live performance on the night was the strongest by far.
The song itself is an optimistic one in which SuRie vocalises the lyrics ‘Storms don’t last forever. Forever. Remember’. No matter the situation, she reminds us that if we remain strong and determined we can weather the storm no matter what. This song helped me personally when a literal storm at the end February halted flights from Dublin airport from taking off. I was due to go on a friends reunion trip to Barcelona, and after a dodgy drive in a snow blizzard, a trek to the terminal building from the car park, a cancelled flight, a night in an awful hotel in Swords and a rescheduled flight the following day we finally made it, I like to think in part down to SuRie whose song I sang on repeat (much to the annoyance of my travel companions)! ‘Storm’ has a catchy hook of a chorus and although the two verses are quite simple, they are memorable and effective nonetheless.
Another of SuRie’s strengths is her sense of humour. She knows how to use this to her advantage and her social media, particularly her twitter account is full of hilarious pics and gags. She shows that she doesn’t take herself too seriously, a quality that has endeared her to her many followers.
The UK have a solid song and a great performer who has experience of performing at Eurovision (backing vocalist for Belgium in 2016 and 2017). This should be enough to give them an encouraging result that could see a mid-field finish in the Final.
For more information on the artist here is 10 Things About…SuRie!
The full lyrics to the song are here and check out the video below!