SuRie, the UK’s 2018 Eurovision hopeful travelled to the Azores recently in order to film her Eurovision postcard. She visited the magnicient island of São Miguel and got a chance to stroll through its picturesque tea plantations.
The delegations and participants of the 43 participating countries at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest will be travelling to Portugal prior to the contest in order to film their respective presentation postcards. Each artist will be portrayed in an activity or a challenge.
The postcards will showcase the beauty of Portugal and will portray the Eurovision artists enjoying the sights and sounds of the host country.
The presentation postcards serve as a massive platform for the host country to promote its tourism and showcase itself on a global scale as millions of viewers tune in to watch Europe’s favorite television show. The Eurovision Song Contest reaches households beyond Europe, from Australia to Argentina, from China to New Zealand, from USA to India etc.
The British postcard
SuRie, the 2018 British Eurovision representative filmed her Eurovision postcard on the island of Sao Miguel and visited the Gorreana Tea Factory, as well as the respective plantation. Gorreana is the oldest and currently the only tea plantation in Europe and has been operating since 1883.
Surie was thrilled with this special experience:
I had a great time recording this postcard. Being British, it was perfect for me to see the process of making tea, because we really love tea! The plantation is magical and the view from the rows and rows of tea plants is simply mindblowing! Everyone was very hospitable and I drank the best cup of tea I have ever had ! Simply delicious! “
SuRie was crowned the winner of the 2018 UK’s national final andd will fly to Lisbon with her entry Storm. The British hopeful will perform in the Grand Final on May 12, as the UK is part of the Big Five.
SuRie has already graced the Eurovision stage twice before as a backing vocalist in recent years.
The UK at Eurovision
The United Kingdom debuted at the the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and has won the competition 5 times (1967, 1969, 1976, 1981 and 1997). The country has hosted the contest 8 times (1960, 1963 1968, 1972, 1974, 1977, 1982 and 1998), thus holding the record of the being the country to have host competition most times.