During the grand final of Eurovision 2018, she came to embody her song’s message of perseverance when she kept singing after a stage invader attempted to ruin her moment.

And if some British Eurofans have their way, SuRie will return to the Eurovision stage next year for an invasion-free performance.

SuRie enthusiast Conor Wells launched the petition on Sunday and by Wednesday afternoon had collected 1,580 signatures.

The petition reads:

We all agree that SuRie did amazingly well to cope with a stage invasion that occured during her performance at Eurovision 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

We, the petitioners, believe that the BBC should offer SuRie the chance to represent the UK once again at the 2019 contest in Israel as a gesture for her professionalism and resilience.

We also believe that the song should be decided by a Public vote, it could involve 3 songs each performed by SuRie. the titles of the programme could be “SuRie:You Decide” or “A Song for SuRie”

We look forward to hearing further news about the UK’s participation at Eurovision 2019 in Israel.

 

Sign the SuRie Eurovision petition on Change.org

Staging a national final for a single artist to choose his or her song is a tried and tested method, and one that frequently results in songs that become fan favourites.

In 2012 Spain utilised the method for Pastora Soler, resulting in the timeless ballad “Quedate conmigo”, and Cyprus did the trick for Ivi Adamou, who ended up with Euroclub staple “La La Love”. Just this year Finland staged an epic national final to choose Saara Aalto’s “Monsters”, and for a time she was the favourite to win Eurovision 2018.

Readers on the wiwibloggs web site have floated similar ideas. Writing in the comments section, a reader named Euan said:

“What an icon! Handled the situation amazingly and still delivered. Absolutely amazing!”

“She should go again for the UK next year. The BBC needs to do what Finland this year with Saara and give her 3 songs to choose from or something. Surie’s Song: You Decide…”

https://twitter.comwillyleeadams/status/995391864848216064

SuRie — real name Susanna Marie Cork — recently spoke with ITV’s Philip Schofield about her ordeal.

The “Storm” singer explained she had no time to feel fear.

“He was suddenly there, security were suddenly on him as quick as he was on me. He got the mic. For a few seconds that was out of my hands but the song was still going, the backing vocalists were still singing, the crowd was still chanting … I turned back and I saw the mic on the floor and I went ‘Well, that’s mine and I’ll finish this song.'”

SuRie was left with a few minor injuries. She explained that she had bruises on both her hands and her shoulder where the stage invader had grabbed her and pulled her mic away. But she clarified, “I’m ok, I’m ok”.

While the situation was shocking for her, it sparked an “internal fire” that kept SuRie going. “You can see that in my eyes,” she said with a smile. “The lyrics took on a new meaning – ‘hold your head up, don’t give up.”

SuRie was also rewarded with support from the crowd, who were firmly on her side. “The surge from them: that’s my lasting memory of this.”

What do you think about the petition? Have you signed? Do you think SuRie deserves another shot? Let us know in the comments down below!

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115 Comments on "UK: Petition calls on BBC to send SuRie to Eurovision 2019 as thanks “for her professionalism and resilience” during stage invasion"

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Fatima
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Something isn’t right with the world if Dr ACactivism (the intruder) was present at the Grand Final and Deban Aderemi Wiwibloggs.com was not

Saara
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Well, I think she could get an opportunity to sing again in you deside. If she is the winner again, so yes. Why send her whith a bad song. If you want a good result, the song is the priority.

Purple Mask
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Update: This petition has since been taken down. Here is the explanation from the author:

“ I have taken the decision to withdraw the petition as it is becoming clear that SuRie will not be doing Eurovision next year.

I certainly hope it changes.

I would like to thank you all for your support.”

Ariso Light
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I signed the petition before you guys even posted about it. Thank you so much for sharing the petition on your website! 😀

Davve
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Would be great!

Alon I srael
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a lovely person and a great personality!
her song wasn’t bad at all!! i am happy thay our juries gave it 8 points!
Surie, see you next year in I srael!!

Danny
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That was a PR stunt from a mile because no one would be ever allowed to enter the audience with a backpack, and besides, that guy confessed to the police that he was part of the UK’s delegation, so they released him right away. BBC is biting nails now because their lil dirty PR stunt got busted!!!

Palkia
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Source?

Nick
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Unless you are blind, deaf, dumb, or all three of them, the source is right in front of you and it takes just a little common sense to get it, stooge!

Palkia
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Source, please…

Sebastião
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Troll!

esc1234
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That comment made me feel like i want to puke. Get off the internet, trolls should somehow be banned

Fatima
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I did wonder about the backpack too. But then if it had been a stunt then she would definitely have sung again at the end.

Sebastião
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Unless one has wings or the ability to become invisible, there’s no way for them to enter any Eurovision hosting arena with a backpack! However, SuRie might have not known about the stunt that the UK delegation had prepared with an aim to get sympathy votes. She wanted to perform again but her HOD insisted that she should not because they apparently thought that if she performs twice, there wouldn’t be sympathy televote then!

Kevin
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PR stunt! Backpacks are not allowed in the audience and the guy came from the backstage where only artists and their delegations have access, and every inch is under a strict surveillance! BBC thought to generate buzz but it failed. Shame on them!

Yulia
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Seek help sweetheart. You have things to offer to the world. Focus on those, you could change the world!

Danny
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Says a fat poof calling himself “Yulia”, lol! You should seek help to change your gender (we all know you are male pretending to be female) before you attempt and urge others to change the world!

Nick
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LOL

Yulia
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I’m not sure who you are, or who you think I am, but I suspect you have a lot less to offer the world.

CookyMonzta
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Did you see the bookies’ boards after the stage-crasher got his 5 seconds of “fame”? I thought they stopped all bets cold at 2100 CET (3:00 P.M., New York City time); but they kept taking bets until the jury roll call. SuRie was 23rd at the start of the show, but after all the singers were finished, she shot up to EIGHTH! Late bettors rewarded her for her courage in staying the course after the punk was escorted off stage, and I imagine many thought she might be the recipient of a slew of sympathy points… …Unfortunately, even the Jimmy… Read more »
Jo.
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She was 5th before the voting. Most people betting come from UK and Ireland, so they probably thought the invasion could impress the viewers.

Lev
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Well, those betting odds are compiled only in the UK and Ireland. They are not pan-European or anything, so Brits thought to boost SuRie’s chances but they failed miserably and now face a withdrawal due to their stunt having been disclosed as INTENTIONAL!

CookyMonzta
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They have finished in the bottom-half of the table for all but 2 years since their nul-point showing in 2003. If this is true, that some people in the U.K. delegation set the whole thing up right from the start (whether SuRie knew or not), then one must ask the following: Have they really run out of ideas so completely that they believe that they must resort to desperation ploys like this? Not only was it stupid, but it was potentially dangerous. Security could have responded far more forcefully than the orchestrators of this stage-crashing expected. Having failed miserably in… Read more »
Jóhann
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That was a PR stunt, but nice try, SuRie!

Jimmy
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Don’t send anyone, let’s boycott Eurovision 2019

Lady Gaga
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Just some thoughts: as it seemed bangers & solo love songs seems to have done quite well in some instances during this year’s contest, I’m wondering what could’ve been UK’s rank if they have sent Asada’s banger “Legends” (of course, assuming it got a revamp, more stable vocal performance, back up vocals) or Liam’s male ballad “Astronaut” (maybe in a more acoustic version & Germany-esque staging). Surie’s song was neither her nor there, so it kinda felt the UK missed some chances from there national selection. The 2 above by no means will not win, but maybe rank a bit… Read more »
NormaJean
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She didn’t finished last thankfully. No offense, but why Portugal always sends these songs? Uk was a bit more memorable and could sing better. Bless her, hope they don’t send the same type as song as usual.

CookyMonzta
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Under the scoring procedure of 2009-2015, she would have finished last. Nevertheless, back in the bottom 6 (i.e., outside the top 20) they fell. Which means that, if they had to go through the semis like 37 other countries, the U.K. might not have qualified.

Dalth
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Surie could be the new Valentina , Maybe?

CookyMonzta
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You might be on to something there, bub! 🙂

But better for her to have new producers for her next song, in case the U.K. sends her again. We don’t want another Ralph Siegel type putting the U.K. in the same stranglehold that he did with San Marino, making it impossible for them to progress. SMR are literally starting from scratch.

Dalth
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At least some of those Siegel ditties were interesting lol. The UK has been playing it far to safe, all a bit middle of the road in recent years and that gets you nowhere in Eurovision. Plus San Marino have an excuse for being a wee bit crap. Probably more people living on my street than in the whole country. Its endearing that they at least try. The UK really has no excuse at all. Anyway Surie will probably be back with the Walloons next year.

Hexular
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She is an amazingly great person and performer and she deserved a better song than “Storm”. If BBC gives her a hit to sing then the UK could get in the top 10 again.

AngieP
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I’m all for it! Surie is a great performer, give her a better song and she’ll do miracles! SURIEFOREUROVISION2019!

Polegend Godgarina
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Why not? She can sing and perform. Give her a banger song and you’ll do great.

adriana
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Im sick and tired to here we put more money..THE REASON WHY THE BIG5 PAY MORE MONEY IS BECAUSE THEY GO STRAIGHT TO THE FINAL.Otherwise im not sure if you were in the semifinals how often you will qualify.

Palkia
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Well.. You’re not wrong but what about this..
Eurovision wouldn’t be the great Show Event without that big financial Support. It could be that small countries are not able to participate again for example. What’s worse? A founding member supporting the ESC with Money and going straight to the final as a reward or no financial Support. Everyone goes through the semifinals and everything is a lot smaller because some countries have to withdraw and the whole Event has to keep it down because of the Budget. Both is possible. You can argue about it

Charli Cheer Up
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SuRie could always come back and join the UK Eurovision delegation team instead. She’s been a great ambassador for the country and has the experience now.

Matthew (Dublin)
Guest

I was on the first row during the Grand Final and that guy did not come from the audience but straight from backstage, which means that the whole thing was staged by the UK’s delegation. How could he possibly stay on the backstage for so long without being noticed by anyone and then suddenly “invade” during SuRie’s performance? I mean, please!!!

Nicolás
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People at home can be easily fooled by media and internet, but as someone who was at the Altice Arena that night, I can confirm that “intruder” was 100% part of an act. It is simply impossible for anyone to enter the main stage from the auditorium because it is located at least fifteen meters away from the first row and is surrounded by cordons and bodyguards that stand only a few inches away from each other, so not even a mouse may get through! People cannot see them on TV screen (just as they can’t see steadicam operators, cranes… Read more »
Frau Loch
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I worked back stage and your accusation is an insult to the professionalism of the EBU. They would never allow a delegation to get away with this and Surie knew she had no chance of winning and would never risk her career for a stunt like that!

Edward
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@Frau Loch: You were there my A S S!!! I bet you could barely watch it in your broken TV, let alone pay thousands for a VIP seat at the Altice Arena. Get real, toots!

Bfs
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Well I was there too and we actually saw him jump over the fence into the camera pit then run via the left hand bridge

Jóhann
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@Bfs: Mentioning “fences” proves that you were not there, but nice try, clod! Also, the “left hand bridge” could not be accessed through the camera pit but only through the main stage or the catwalk, meaning, if anyone from the audience would have EVER done that, they’d have to go all the way through the catwalk to reach there. If you decide to lie, at least do some research first, dolt!

Kevin
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Don’t feed that stupid troll, Johann. Unless someone has wings or is invisible, there’s NO WAY for them to climb on that stage which is surrounded by at least 200 terminator bodyguards and huge cordons. Also, the “intruder” had a backpack which is NOT allowed in the audience, therefore it is official that this was a PR stunt launched by the UK’s delegation but SuRie might have not known about it. However, she knows now and I am sure that she will terminate her contract with BBC.

Byrne
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Oh dear, no, definitely NOT! Us Brits don’t want another third bottom in this contest that we ourselves finance!

adriana
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You finance to go straight to the final ,not for any other reason.

David
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Bit*ch, no country in the world would invest millions every year just to be on the final, when a winning song costs less than 5000 Euro. Since you lack brains, plz die! 😀

ted
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I’d be happy if SuRie wanted another go at eurovision. She has been a great ambassador for the UK throughout the whole build up to eurovision and the way she handled that awful situation of a stage invasion, I have nothing but respect for her. Arise dame SuRie! The only thing that let her down was the non competitive song. A perfectly fine pop song, but not at all suited for a competition. However, I think her expertise would be better if she was part of the BBC eurovision team. But what’s the betting that the BBC won’t even begin… Read more »
Matt
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If a name is willing to do it Jessie J is probably one of the more likely ones her career in the UK has seriously declined, she’d ultimately have less to lose than she did a few years back.

ted
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and remember, it’s not all about the money money money… 😀 JJ released some instant classics off her 1st album, but I can’t name a single one from her next 2 albums. Her 4th album is expected 2018 but I can’t see it selling well. EV could be something to fall back on and possibly launch her in a new direction, away from pop/urban to ballad diva to rank next to whitney / celine etc. and nicely pave the way for her to return to where she started, on the west end stage. Her covers on the Chinese show “singer… Read more »
John
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Oh, give us a break!!! Her justifying about the 24th place is that “dog ate my homework!” What a poorly fabricated excuse!

ninasublatti
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lol no tnx

Popdefender
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In my opinion the reason Surie won the National was because she took that mediocre song and turned it into something special with her emotional performance. She was right there next to the crowd and they could see and feel her power. At Eurovision they killed all that by putting her in that “cage” away from the audience and the feedback. It wasn’t until after the incident that she got that same fire she had at the National final and she stepped up to the front of the stage by the audience and infused that song with raw emotion and… Read more »
EmmelieDarlineFrancescoFan
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EmmelieDarlineFrancescoFan

I’d love to see SuRie come back, but I’m not sure she’d accept – I have the feeling she’ll be proud of what she’s done and will want to give someone else a chance. I’d be all for it though – she’s brilliant!

Eurovision Pal
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Certainly, she will never agree to become another Yulia Samoylova or Valentina Monetta. I personally guarantee it!

Tigg
Guest

Why three songs? In the past artists have had 8 songs to sing. Let’s make it 12 and get her an album out of them all.

When a song has been chosen, let’s have another contest and have 4x versions of the one song to choose from.

Fatima
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Won’t Belgium want her agin next year? She’s probably already committed to them.

Jo.
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2019 ESC will mark 10 years since their last Top 10 finish.

LawStudent
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YES!!! But please come with a better song!!! SuRie is such a great singer and performer but that song destroyed her.

Jonathan Taylor
Guest

This would be a great idea…, why not? The BBC change things up every few years or so and this would be the perfect opportunity to do so again. SuRie is a quality performer and has become much loved amount the Eurovision family. She’s also very creative so she could write the songs we choose from herself. The results from Eurovision:You Decide haven’t exactly been stellar so let’s do some format switching!

Jo.
Guest

That would be great, but BBC hardly ever does what the fans want.

Colin
Guest

I’d definitely love to see SuRie back in ESC. This time with an amazing song. Honestly, her charisma and talent raised Storms from being median to being ok, so for a song which is already good, she can make it outstanding.

Truth Teller
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Good petition. But yo, do not take example of Finland. Shouty singer with three abysmal songs? SuRie has been through enough, she should get ONE decent song, instead pulling a Saara Aalto.
Also, I’d love a petition for the Eurovision to be taken away from the EBU. At this point, I’d rather have Björkman run the entire thing. That’s how despicable and untrustworthy the EBU has become. Gross: They even edited SuRie’s real performance in their YouTube video advertised as the “full show”.

esc1234
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If eurovision falls at Bjorkmans hands, he will even add a second chance round. Thats a nightmare. No, no.

Lady Gaga
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Yes, i really didn’t understand why they had to edit Surie’s performance that way. That was one memorable moment that should have stayed. You can see the fire in her eyes after she recovered from the incident, which was better to watch than her usual blandish performance

Ernesto
Guest

I am sure that SuRie will kindly reject the offer. She went there – did it – and won her own Eurovision and our hearts! Regardless of circumstances, no artist should do this contest twice and I am sure that strong and bright ones like her are well-aware of that.

florin
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tell that to rybak:)

Michela
Guest

Multiple entries by artists have given all of us wonderful absolute Eurovision classics… Johhny Logan, Gigliola Cinquetti, Elisabeth Andreassen, Carola, Peter, Sue, Marc, Lena…. etc. I’m all for re-entry… if it’s a good song, with a good singer, go for it! 🙂

Liam
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@Michaela: I absolutely disagree with you! Over the years, many performers have returned to the contest but with terrible results, and mind you, there were previous winners among them! Here is the list of some remarkable re-entries who failed miserably (need I even put Valentina Monetta on the list?): 1. Niamh Kavanagh, won for Ireland in 1993 and returned in 2010 but ended up 23rd. 2. Dana International won for Israel in 1998 and returned in 2011 but failed to qualify for the final. 3. Alexander Rybak won for Norway in 2009 and returned in 2018 to barely get the… Read more »
Eurovision Pal
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Waylon also returned and ended up 18th then he bi*ched around as a sore loser that he is. His performance was so great, people totally forgot that he even participated this year!

Brodieman
Guest

SuRie kept calm and carried on even when she got attacked by that cowardly intruder, so she demonstrated the real strength and pride of her great nation. That lady has already won for the UK and all Europe, so we are all proud of her and she does not have to win this contest twice. True battles are won only once!

Lark
Guest

EBU has offered her to perform again during the grand final but she refused because she was proud of her performance, so I doubt she’ll agree to participate again. She is not Julia Samoylova and Brits certainly are NOT Russians!

DyGh
Guest

Thanks to her, Belgium achieved 2 4th places in recent years, I have no other choice than to be supportive of this idea.
Of all those artists, the stage invader picked the most genuine and kind person in recent Eurovisions.

EDWARD
Guest

If this actually happened I would cry tears of joy but maybe 2021+ is more likely?

Filip
Guest

She should be given another chance but with a better song song this time. Thanks Surie for what you’ve done for Belgium by the way you are a true artist!!!

WannaEatMySpaghetti
Guest

Didn’t like the song this year but SuRie is such a nice person, she is professional and has a great voice so yeah, I sign the petition! Love from Belgium to UK!

Kirby
Guest

Of course, what a great idea! She’s adorable and charismatic, an amazing Eurovision figure. But please get her the most idoneous songwriter !

Joe
Guest

I don’t think it’ll happen, but goshdarn it I want it to so much that I’m signing.

NoGeoblocks
Guest

SuRie really dealt with this like a champ! She handled it great…
Sending her again is an interesting idea, but she might need a stronger song to win this.

Terrific job, SuRie

esc1234
Guest

of course they should send her again! If they ask for composers to send GOOD songs and stage a national final with a concept like “a song for surie” and have 5 songs from whih the public can choose, why not? Go Surie!

marcus (Day One)
Guest

The UK used to always stage their national selections like this.
Pick an artist and then have them perform submitted songs.

Some of the UKs best results have been through a
selection process like this.

I think it would be a great idea for the UK since it seems most of the You decide entries are written before a singer is selected anyway.
This way SuRie will be able to put her own stamp on the song and JOWST is even asking for singers to help him submit a song so it actually makes perfect sense.

Liam Lindsay
Guest

Get JOWST and Alexander Walmann to write and produce her song, and use the same staging team as last year and you’ve got a winner.
#Coventry2020 Y’all!!

Alison
Guest

I don’t think she would do it again simply because she would want others to have the Eurovision experience. Maybe that’s just my my bias coming through as I’m not a fan when artists return – give someone else a shot. But I do think that’s how she would feel.

Jonas
Guest

I tend to agree, she is a generous soul for sure, but I certainly would not begrudge her a chance to come back. It doesn’t even make much sense, anyway, because she refused a repeat performance of Storm, feeling that there was no need – coming back year would go against that sentiment.

Lloyd
Guest

I’d be very happy for this. We know she can perform well so there’s no worries there. We just need a strong song for her. Maybe more than 3. Perhaps 6. I know people say that might be a stretch with outfit changes. Maybe just have a generic outfit she can wear for all songs and then work on the out for at a later date.

Sara
Guest

I think it could be fun to see SuRie back in 2019!

Actisale
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She was just lucky that he threw the mic on the floor, otherwise she wouldn’t have had something to sing with unless someone went to give her another mic. We also don’t know about the authenticity of this “activism”, for all we know it could have been just a ploy to help rankings. He might also have gotten money from the betting companies who won a lot of money from that sudden rush of bets at the end. There’s nothing to say that the “outraged” communist activist isn’t putting his activism for sale. After all, communists need money too. See… Read more »
Pollaski
Guest

Yup. Resending an artist the next year after their act is derailed by forces beyond their control always works out.

Right, Yulia?

Matt
Guest

The difference between those situations is SuRie’s a much more reliable vocalist and there’s also less expectation for the UK to send a good song, whereas Russia has a much stronger track record.

I’d be happy to see SuRie back again, but I don’t think we’re obligated to send her because of what happened.

Azaad
Guest

Hey, the UK are already in the finals, so no chance of a NQ!

Yulia
Guest

Right!

(Okay it’s not me, but I still won’t break.)

beccaboo1212
Guest

I’d rather the UK choose Asanda. 🙂