She’s the West End star known for her roles in Legally Blonde and Rent. And it seems Lucie Jones now has her eyes set on conquering the universe — and Eurovision 2017 — following one of the most spectacular rehearsals we’ve seen thus far in Kyiv.
The X Factor alum wasn’t remotely intimidated by the stage, nailing note after note and run-through after run-through inside the International Exhibition Centre. Her performance starts with her singing inside an enormous mirror shard that resembles a glass seashell. We see her reflected on each side, mirroring the fragmented “madness” she sings about in her song.
— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) May 5, 2017
Stars soon start to shine. But we’re not talking about cutesy five-pointed ones. We mean the tiny dots that you see when staring into outer space. The song’s ethereal quality comes through in a stunning galaxy of gold that shoots out from Lucie and the giant LEDs. The cameras zoom way out and are set at an angle that gives the sense of an infinite space of stars shooting out from the stage and its undulating ceiling ornament and into your living room. It’s hard to describe, but it’s absolutely stunning.
Eurovision can be won in a moment — think Jamala’s tree — and Lucie definitely has a moment of her own. At the climax of the song the stars seem to explode right out of her. It’s a big universe, but during these three minutes she’s the brightest star of them all.
This may very well be the UK’s best staging ever. And Lucie is certainly one of its most competent and engaging performers in a very long time.
United Kingdom — “Never Give Up On You” | REVIEW AND REACTION
United Kingdom — First rehearsal preview
Lucie Jones press conference