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.
— Ben Rothenberg (@BenRothenberg) May 12, 2018
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.
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…”
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!