She’s the former X Factor contestant who’s gone on to become a bona fide West End star. And over the weekend, Lucie Jones was in Amsterdam for this year’s Eurovision in Concert.
There in her capacity as the UK’s representative at Eurovision 2017, she performed “Never Give Up On You” during Saturday’s show. But before all that, our William caught up with her for a quick chat.
Dressed in chic summer-wear and sporting an informal double bun hairstyle, Lucie explained that she’ll never reveal the true story behind her song.
Every time I sing this song, I tell the story to myself. But I will never tell anyone what my story is to this song. Maybe one day, but not until after Eurovision. I just love that everyone I speak to has a completely different story of what it means to them and I think that’s really nice. It’s really special. So I don’t want to ruin that.
On her upbringing, Lucie paints a wonderfully idyllic image of the Welsh countryside — just don’t call her a farm-girl.
I grew up in a village where there was lots of fields and cows and sheeps [sic] and things. But it was also near a city, so I’m not a real farm-girl. I’m kind of both. I’m like town and country.
Inevitably, conversation quickly turns to her X Factor stint and her infamous elimination to Jedward.
At the time, I was really upset. I wanted to stay. But then the next day, I was like – “It’s a TV show, these things happen, whatever happens happens”.
But every cloud has a silver lining, and this particular one led her to her agent who now looks after her West End career. Speaking of which, she’s starred in Rent, Legally Blonde, Les Miserables, what’s been Lucie’s favourite role?
Elle Woods. Snaps for Elle, oh my god you guys! It was just the most fun ever. I had the best time.
To find out more about Legally Blonde and how it impacted Lucie’s chihuahua, watch the interview below. Afterwards, watch her live performance of “Never Give Up On You”. And if you’re after something more upbeat, give the 7th Heaven remix a spin — as recommended by Lucie’s dad.