Michelle Visage and Lorraine Kelly lead tributes to Lucie Jones after 15th place finish at Eurovision 2017

She rose to fame on the sixth series of X-Factor in 2009 and has since made a name for herself singing in the theatres of the West End in musicals like Rent and Legally Blonde. But arguably Lucie Jones‘s biggest challenge came this weekend when she represented the UK at Eurovision 2017 and managed to place tenth with the juries, and fifteenth in the overall results. 

And uncharacteristically for the UK, reaction has been uniformly positive.

The Metro led on Lucie landing the UK’s “best result since 2011” and the Daily Mail described her as one of the “standout performances of the night”.

The newspapers aren’t alone either. Celebrities have been queuing up to heap praise on Lucie and her respectable top 15 finish on the night.

RuPaul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage had high praise for the UK act, commending her for a job well done and calling the performance birth of a Venus:

This Morning presenter Phillip Schofield also praised the West End star, calling her the best UK act in years. Schofield previously described the UK’s 2011 song “I Can” as “shocking” and has been an outspoken critic of Eurovision in years gone by.

UK 2003 and 2004 spokesperson Lorraine Kelly was also keen to praise Lucie, saying she’d done the nation proud:

While some acts fade into oblivion after Eurovision, Lucie Jones’s star continues to rise.

The Welsh singer is set to return to the national tour of Rent this month, will follow that up appearing in a six-week run in The Wedding Singer in Aberdeen and will follow that up with a national tour of Legally Blonde The Musical in September.

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