Eurovision 2018: Here's what the UK's six hopefuls have to say about the world's biggest song contest
Itâs that time again folks â" when we get to choose whoâll be taking the hopes of the United Kingdom to this yearâs Eurovision Song Contest.
And this year weâve got six pretty decent songs to choose from as Eurovision: You Decide once again graces our airwaves â" with the public having a say on who we get to send to the final in Lisbon on May 12.
This yearâs line-up havenât done too badly for themselves so far â" with stints on The Voice, Britainâs Got Talent and musical theatre behind them â" and theyâre all hoping that that golden ticket will be theirs when we pick our song on February 7.
But just who are they all, and how did they reach the point of become a potential Eurovision star?
Hereâs what we found outâ¦
Where have you seen her before? 16-year-old Asanda previously found fame on Britainâs Got Talent back in 2013 when, aged just 11, she wowed the judges with her cover of Rihannaâs Diamonds and went on to reach the grand final.
On Eurovision: âIt came about last year. My dad asked me âdo you know about Eurovision?â and I said no, and she said âwatch Celine Dionâ, and I was like âOKâ because I know Celine Dion. Then I read her biography and I was like âWowâ. I was amazed because sheâs a legend. Iâve been looking at the contest and revising, trying to see how it goes with the voting, so Iâm familiar with it. Itâs a blessing for me.â
What can we expect from her stage show? âPower. Power and energy â" I donât know if Iâll have had coffee that day, but power power power.â
Song: I Feel The Love
Where have you seen them before? Still pretty up-and-coming â" but band members Aimee, Helen and Rhiannon are already being compared to Little Mix.
On Eurovision: âWe definitely should take Eurovision seriously, anybody who gets to do that should just be so honoured. Thereâs so much talent in this country as well, weâve got a lot to give so it would be nice to get the support as well â" and the Eurovision fans are amazing!â
What can we expect from their stage show? âWe like to put on a bit of show so hopefully weâll b ring the energy. Itâs an upbeat song so hopefully the crowd will be singing and dancing along with us!â
Where have you seen him before? Jaz was a contestant on the first series of The Voice, joining team Will.i.am after reducing him to tears with his rendition of John Legendâs Ordinary People.
On Eurovision: âIâm bouncing off the walls. Iâm like ânext week Wednesday â" is that happening?â Yes, itâs real. Iâve known about it since December, I was in pantomime in York and I got an email through about taking part, and was left thinking it was a lie. The possibility of thinking you could be representing the whole of your country, you r royal family, everybody in the UK â" itâs really hard to digest.â
What can we expect from his stage show? âYou can expect me to be fully honest in my delivery â" itâll be subtle, I like to really hone in on the lyrics and bring something new to every performance so just be surprised. If I win however I think I might just spontaneously combust on stage.â
Where have you seen him before? Another alumnus of The Voice, Liam appeared in the second series of the show but failed to progress past the battle rounds. Heâs also done pretty well for himself as a musical theatre star, mind.
On Eurovision: âItâs so cool to be a part of this â" Iâm a massive Eurovision fan, so to be a part of something like this itâs a dream, and itâs an honour and a privilege to be a part of it. I speak openly about my sexuality and if youâre a gay man Iâd say itâs pretty illegal not to like Eurovision! But it is something that Iâve grown up with â" my dadâs been so influential on my life in terms of music, and thereâs so many reasons why I want to do it. To get the opportunity to represent my country is an honour.â
What can we expect from his stage show? âMy song is very British singer-songwriter but one of the things that appealed to me was itâs so relatable â" so my version of what Iâm going to do on Wednesday is exciting, my theatre training is going to come into play and Iâm very positive.â
Where have you seen her before? As well as being a backing singer for Hurts and a dancer for Little Mix, the multi-talented Raya has also appeared in Mr Selfridge.
On Eurovision: âIâm a bit over-excitable, Iâm a nightmare to most of my friends â" thatâs all Iâm talking about. Itâs a full-time job at the minute and youâve got to be ready for it. Itâs taken over my world but thatâs fine.â
What can we expect from her stage show? âIâm going to keep it slightly secret! Iâm sure people have got their own things in mind, but itâs going to bring a lot of sass and a lot of power to the stage, itâs going to be high energy.â
Where have you seen her before? SuRie is no stranger to the Eurovision stage, having already served as a backing singer for two recent Belgian entrants â" Loic Nottet in 2015 and 2017âs Blanche, both of whom finished in fourth place.
On Eurovision: âIt feels really right. I had an amazing time with the Belgians, but Iâm a proud Brit and I want to do it for the UK, I know I can and I know I can handle it and take all that experience and really do it for us, if given the chance. I really care about Eurovision and the whole Eurovision community, I really do. I really feel with the lovely loyal following Iâve got I feel like I could really do something for us.â
What can we expect from her stage show? âHydraulics, pyrotechnics â" none of that. The budget wouldnât allow any of those things.â
Eurovis ion: You Decide: airs on BBC Two on Wednesday night at 7.30pm.
Got a story?
If you've got a story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk Entertainment team by emailing us firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page - we'd love to hear from you.
MORE: Britainâs Got Talent finalist Ryan OâShaughnessy to sing for Ireland at Eurovision 2018
MORE: When and where is Eurovision 2018 â" date, how to watch and UK entry information
Source: Google News United Kingdom | Netizen 24 United Kingdom