Susanna Marie Cork — aka SuRie — doesn’t slow down. Shortly after her second rehearsal came to a close, the Hertfordshire beauty met up with our William to discuss her staging, how she keeps her arms so toned and her experiences as a backing vocalist for Belgium in 2015 and 2016.
So what’s her triangular light tunnel all about? “It’s just such a wonderful structure. We refer to it as the tunnel of chevrons. The diamonds are coming from the music video, the graphics hopefully work with the beat of the song”.
The lights are bright but she’s staying cool. “It doesn’t get hot on stage,” she says. “It’s a new high-end technology. The Portuguese team and UK team collaborated on the building of it…the staging is coming home with me in a suitcase, and put it in my house. I’ll just live in it!”
SuRie has also become something of a social media icon this year. But naturally the exposure comes with plenty of perils.
“I’m very touched when someone takes out time of their day so send me something positive. It comes directly in to my phone, it doesn’t take much to just reply and say ‘thank you’.”
“Some messages are not positive, but that is okay, that is the curse and blessing of social media. The blessing is the direct connection you have with fans”.
And there’s also some time to reminisce on past performances, as SuRie talks about moving in to the spotlight after previously being a backing singer for Belgium. “I don’t think anything can truly prep you for being the lead artist at Eurovision”.
“I still remember bits of my choreography with Loïc Nottet. It was very dynamic and hard. We worked really hard to keep our core stable”. I still remember the ‘dead beetle’ I believe, or that was how Loïc called it”.
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