Legendary charity production WEST END EUROVISION, which is returning for the first time in four years on Sunday 22 April, today announces that the evening will feature two epic performances by this year’s UK entry, SuRie, and musical theatre leading actress Lucie Jones who represented the UK in 2017.
Singer-songwriter SuRie will perform the emotive and uplifting track Storm that carries the hopes of the UK at the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal on Saturday 12 May. No stranger to Eurovision, SuRie’s journey started in 2015 where she was a backing dancer and vocalist for Loic Nottet who was representing Belgium coming 4th with Rhythm Inside and she returned again with the Belgians in 2017, supporting Blanche and City Lights as Musical Director placing 4th. Her Eurovision path continued with invitations to song-writing camps throughout Europe, ultimately being approached to participate in BBC Eurovision: You Decide, with the inspirational pop anthem Storm, winning the public and jury vote to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018.
Lucie Jones, currently starring as Elle In a major UK tour of the West End musical, Legally Blonde, and who finished 15th last year – the UK’s best showing in eight years – will sing her entry, Never Give Up On You.
WEST END EUROVISION features the casts of some of Theatreland’s biggest shows battling it out to be crowned the champions of West End Eurovision, to raise funds for the Make A Difference Trust. Eight of the West End’s top musicals will be competing against each other by singing original Eurovision Song Contest songs to win text votes from the audience and the approval of a panel of celebrity judges and judges from each competing show.
The casts will be giving their all to lift 3 coveted WEST END EUROVISION 2018 Trophies — The Champions, The Best Ident Movie and The Best Creative.
The feel-good, edge-of-your-seat-exciting & interactive charity event will once again raise funds for the Make A Difference Trust. Since the first contest was staged in 2008, the event has raised thousands to support the MAD Trust. The Trust works with its partners to support HIV and AIDS projects both in the UK and Sub-Saharan Africa building awareness and providing care support and education.
The eight West End shows competing in WEST END EUROVISION 2018 are: 42nd Street, Aladdin, Dreamgirls, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia! The Phantom of the Opera and Young Frankenstein.
The last WEST END EUROVISION held in 2014 saw Les Misérables named joint winners with Mamma Mia!.
Melanie Tranter, chair of the Make A Difference Trust said; “On behalf of the board of trustees and not importantly all those who will benefit fro the work we do, I would like to say a huge thank you to all the performers, crew and everyone involved for helping us to make West End Eurovision happen again. The generosity of time talent and spirit of all of these amazing people will make the return of West End Eurovision one of the best nights in the West End. We are thrilled to see the return of this glittering night of high camp fun back for one amazing night!”