Eurovision 2017: Brexit Speculated To Have Impact

Published on by Liam Forkes (author), Jennie Hopman (author), Lisa Bakker (author)

Lucie Jones, the UK's Eurovision entrant for 2017 (photo: )
Lucie Jones, the UK's Eurovision entrant for 2017

It's the time of year again - don the dresses and gather the glitter as Europe's finest take to the stage for a night of glitz and glamour - except this year, the UK's chances seem lower than even usual.

Despite having lost The X Factor to comedy act Jedward in 2009, Cardiff-born Lucie Jones, 25, was voted to be the UK's entry into the contest after winning BBC show Eurovision: You Decide, on which six hopefuls performed. The public, alongside a panel of judges including Strictly Come Dancing's Bruno Tonioli and singer-songwriter Sophie Ellis-Bexter.

Jones will perform an original song, entitled Never Give Up On You, which was written by former Eurovision winner Emmelie de Forest and songwriter Lawrie Martin.

Since voting to leave the European Union in a Referendum in 2015, the UK's relationship with the other countries has been rocky. And it seems that their performance in the competition, in which each country awards points to others based on the quality of their performance, may suffer as a result.

Many accuse the show of being too political, claiming that countries vote based upon their allegiances instead of the quality of the performance, and that the UK's low standing on the European stage may suffer as a result.


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