The United Kingdom’s Eurovision 2018 hopeful SuRie is enthusiastically backed by Cheryl Baker, who was part of Co-Co (Eurovision 1978) and the UK’s Eurovision 1981 winning group Bucks Fizz.
Cheryl Baker has made her mind up: she predicts success for SuRie and her entry Storm at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon. The former Co-Co and Bucks Fizz member suggests a possible top-5 position for SuRie, potentially even a victory.
Cheryl Baker told the Press Association:
I think she’s brilliant. It’s a great song and I think we’ve got a very good chance of being in the top five.
Television presenter and singer Cheryl Baker is herself gearing up for her venture in the Dancing On Ice-tour, alongside professional dancer Dan Whiston. She is very excited about taking to the ice, a new step in her career, and she keeps up with the younger cast members:
They’re always long days and I think the younger ones like Kem are like ‘woah I didn’t realise it’d take so long’. But it does and that’s what’s it’s all about. Retire? That’s not a word in my vocabulary. It’s lovely for me, I’m really enjoying it. It’s what I do. I’d rather be doing this than not.
The Dancing On Ice-tour starts at the SSE Arena in Wembley, London, and will visit Glasgow, Manchester and Newcastle, among others. For information please click here:
She had previous Eurovision experience, as she also sang in the group Co-C0, who placed 11th at Eurovision 1978 with the song The bad old days, earning 61 points. The group had also tried to represent the United Kingdom in 1976, placing 2nd in the national selection behind Brotherhood Of Man, who would go on to win Eurovision.
Cheryl Baker returned to the Eurovision stage as part of Bucks Fizz.
Formed especially for Eurovision and named after the cocktail Bucks Fizz, the group won the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest in Dublin, Ireland, with the song Making your mind up, receiving 136 points. The group performed an iconic dance-routine on stage, involving ripping the female singers’ skirts to reveal mini-skirts.
The up-beat poppy song was the start of a successful career for Bucks Fizz, and the song became a Eurovision evergreen and British ESC-anthem.
Cheryl Baker later left Bucks Fizz, yet later re-united with other former members as The Fizz.
SuRie (born Susanna Marie Cork, Harlow, England, the United Kingdom, 1989) is a singer songwriter of British-German descent, being the granddaughter of German-born Jewish biochemist Sir Hans Kornberg, Fellow of the Royal Society.
SuRie is a classically trained pianist and oboist, and teaches at Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts in London. As a singer she provided backing vocals for artists such as Chris Martin of Coldplay.
She provided background vocals, and was a dancer, to Rhythm inside by Loïc Nottet (Belgium) at Eurovision 2015 and was a musical director for City lights by Blanche (Belgium) at Eurovision 2017.
SuRie will represent the United Kingdom with the song Storm, composed and written by Nicole Blair, Sean Hargreaves and Gil Lewis, at the Grand Final of Eurovision 2018 on Saturday 12 May 2018.