This is a departure from the norm and it was challenging but it was good fun to do something a little different…
Anyone who knows me should know I am a major Eurovision fan, and although the UK haven’t done too well in recent years, I love it. The music from other cultures, the crazy staging, everything other than the politics.
Eurovision 2018 was a fantastic competion. Netta from Israel did a fantastic job and was a worthy winner. Also well done to my other favourites, Germany and Lithuania. It was a competition that wiped out records and the majority of the songs were of an extremely high standard and we had a very diverse competition with 14 songs not sung in Engligh which was incredibly refreshing. The UK also did a fantastic job.
Which leads me on to this post. It was big news this year that the UK entry, SuRie, with her song ‘Storm’ was interrupted half way through her performance by a stage invader who grabbed her mic and started shouting into it until security removed him.
Courageously, SuRie picked up the mic and continued her song with more power and fire than before, which truly gave more meaning to her song.
I’ll be the first to admit, I enjoyed the song before but I didn’t think too much of it. Seeing the professionalism and not letting this stage invasion beat her completely changed that. It was the way SuRie kept singing that inspired me to draw the part of the song, which in my opinion is where you see SuRie take what had happened and use it to add the fire to the performance. It’s in the pause before the fireworks, after the fist pumps and the lyrics ‘Hey, hey brother, don’t give up’ when she throws her arm up in the air.
SuRie stole the show and this was our best performance in years. SuRie, you were fantastic and who cares that we came 24th, the UK couldn’t be prouder of you for keeping on singing and overcoming the ‘storm’ that was the stage invader. You made your country proud.
After two fantastic UK entries in the last 2 years, let’s hope the BBC continues to build on this and hopefully, we can get onto the left hand side of the board.