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West End Eurovision - judges announced

SuRie

THE three judges have been announced for the return of the legendary charity production West End Eurovision, which is being staged at the Shaftesbury Theatre on Sunday, April 22, 2018.

They are stand up star Tom Allen, John Partridge, star of La Cage Aux Folles, A Chorus Line and EastEnders, and choreographer, director and showbiz legend Arlene Phillips.

Richard Gauntlett will once again be in charge of hosting.

Previously Posted: West End Eurovision, which is returning for the first time in four years on Sunday, April 22, 2018, has announced 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 on Saturday, May 12.

No stranger to Eurovision, SuRie’s journey started in 2015 when she was a backing dancer and vocalist for Loic Nottet who was representing Belgium, coming 4th with Rhythm Inside. She returned again with the Belgians in 2017, supporting Blanche and City Lights as Musical Director, again coming 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

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 eight West End shows competing are: 42nd Street, Aladdin, Dreamgirls, Hamilton, Kinky Boots, Mamma Mia! The Phantom of the Opera and Young Frankenstein.

West End Eurovision is being staged at the Shaftesbury Theatre, which is home to Motown the Musical.

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