Lucie Jones will perform her emotive song Never Give Up On You for the United Kingdom at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.
Lucie Jones is a singer and actress from South Wales and has a wealth of stage experience, beginning with The X Factor in 2009 where she was a finalist. From there she embarked on a highly successful musical theatre career. Lucie's credits include playing Cosette in Les Miserables, Kelly in The Prodigals, Meatloaf in the We Will Rock You World Arena Tour, Victoria in American Psycho The Musical and Molly Jensen in Ghost, The Musical.
Lucie won the DIMF Best Actress in a Musical Award for her performance as Elle Woods in Legally Blonde the Musical. She is currently playing Maureen Johnson in the 20th anniversary tour of RENT! The Musical. An avid sports fan, Lucie has sung the Welsh national anthem at sporting events in The Millennium Stadium and Twickenham Stadium and God Save the Queen at Wembley Stadium. Lucie is excited and honoured to be representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv.
Things you should know about Lucie
What are the most interesting aspects about your entry?
This is the 60th entry for the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest and was co-written by Emmelie de Forest, a former Eurovision winner! I am a huge fan of Emmelie. It's an honour to be singing her song. Nobody knows my personal meaning of the song...the story I am singing the song about. I like that everyone has their own interpretation! We flew to Copenhagen to record the original version of the song. It was an amazing trip working with some really amazing people. We recorded at a studio visited by some of my favourite artists!
What are the most impressive facts about you?
I am an award winning actress who has loved working in theatre for the last 7 years. I've toured the world with some huge shows including Les Miserables, Ghost The Musical, Legally Blonde and playing arenas around Europe with the world famous Queen musical We Will Rock You. I appeared in the Doctor Who spin-off series, Sarah Jane Adventures in 2010. It was an amazing experience and very fun to star alongside the wonderful Elisabeth Sladen. I can play the Harry Potter theme tune on the flute AND the piano. I'm a huge fan...
Do you have a (lucky) routine before going on-stage?
I have certain songs that I love to listen to, to get me in the mood for being on stage! I carry a few specific photos with me that I look at before I sing to remind me why I do what I do. Also I HAVE to brush my teeth. Twice!
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important to you?
Growing up I was part of a very diverse community. We were drama kids and skater boys, science nerds and music geeks! We all had very different hobbies and backgrounds and I love that we taught each other to respect and understand this difference. Eurovision champions this school of thought and this year in particular is celebrating diversity. There is nothing else like Eurovision in the world! A music competition that brings together people from all over the world is an incredible thing and to be part of such a wonderful event will be a true highlight of not just my career but my life.
About the song writers & composers
Emmelie de Forest is a 23 year old Danish/Swedish singer/songwriter. She was winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2013 with the multi-platinum Only Teardrops which went to Number one in 15 countries and top 5 in 17 others. Emmelie is signed to Universal Denmark and has released a number of successful records since then and is currently working on a new album in London.
Daniel Salcedo is a hiphop/R&B writer/producer, based in Copenhagen. He is equally happy whether he is mixing records, writing songs or breaking new ground with his production skills. He has recently returned from a successful writing trip to LA.
Lawrie Martin is a Scottish songwriter and vocalist. He has recently had songs recorded by Zak Abel, Anne Marie, Kygo and Rita Ora for their upcoming projects.