She recently spent the afternoon meeting up and chatting with Finland’s Eurovision 2018 star Saara Aalto. But now SuRie, who will represent the UK in Lisbon with her song “Storm”, has earned the support of someone a bit closer to home.
Cheryl Baker, one quarter of the UK’s winning Eurovision 1981 act Bucks Fizz (now re-branded as The Fizz), has come out in support of SuRie and her Eurovision 2018 entry.
The Eurovision winner originally put her weight behind SuRie way back in February whilst live tweeting Eurovision: You Decide. Despite tuning in a bit late, and having some positive words for “Legends” by Asanda, Cheryl picked SuRie out as her favourite commenting: “Great light and shade. Another brilliant vocal. This could be a Eurovision anthem!”
— Cheryl Baker (@Cherylbaker) February 7, 2018
After the final result was announced Cheryl was definitely pleased, tweeting: “YES YES YES!!!!!! We have a chance in
#Eurovision2018 ! Superb singer, superb song. Congratulations @surieofficial ! xxx”
Forward on one month to the official release of “Storm” on streaming platforms and Cheryl once again gave her support to SuRie by retweeting the announcement and saying: “Probably the best #Eurovision song in years!”.
Whether she definitely meant ‘Eurovision song’ as in every song from every country in the past few years or just the UK’s efforts is unclear – obviously there’s a big difference in overall quality between the two categories.
— Cheryl Baker (@Cherylbaker) March 7, 2018
Now speaking at the launch of the Dancing On Ice tour, following her stint on the newly revamped ITV show earlier this year, Cheryl reaffirmed her support for SuRie, telling the Press Association: “I think she’s brilliant. It’s a great song and I think we’ve got a very good chance of being in the top five.”
From this very brief comment we are of course unable to determine whether Cheryl has actually listened to all 42 of the other competing entries at Eurovision 2018 in order to make a solid comparison for this judgement.
“Storm” has definitely earned support from many British people, both in and outside of the Eurovision fandom, who remember the height of the UK’s Eurovision success. With a number of comparisons to Katrina and the Wave’s 1997 winning song “Love Shine A Light”, SuRie and her entry have got a number of people who had almost lost all hope in the UK’s recent efforts reinvigorated in Eurovision once again.
Although it may be good to have some home support, it is of course more important to have the backing of people right across Europe, and from varying generations and backgrounds – as they’re the ones who will actually be able to vote for the song.
Unfortunately for SuRie, Europe doesn’t quite seem to have the same amount of enthusiasm for “Storm” as Cheryl does. In our poll for ‘Who should win Eurovision 2018?’, the UK currently sits in 33rd position (out of 43) with only 0.93% of the vote. And in our ‘Who is your favourite automatic qualifier at Eurovision 2018?’ poll, SuRie is in dead last. The UK is also only presently hovering around 27th place in the betting odds.
However, this could of course all change as we get closer to the contest in May. With some amazing pre-party performances that really capture the anthemic nature of “Storm” that Cheryl loves so much, perhaps SuRie can change Europe’s mind. Or maybe the UK has some amazing staging plans in development like last year, when Lucie Jones surprised everyone with her mirror shard and starscape that was deemed one of the best staging concepts of the year.
Would Cheryl Baker return to Eurovision?
If you were hoping that Cheryl might return to Eurovision, either solo or a part of The Fizz, you may unfortunately have to keep praying.
During her live tweets for Eurovision: You Decide 2018, Cheryl picked out a question from user @LJG34 asking if she had ever considered having another go at Eurovision. The ESC winner’s response was succinct: “I would rather have root canal dentistry thanks x”.
I would rather have root canal dentistry thanks x https://t.co/k1yR7ZWGp7
— Cheryl Baker (@Cherylbaker) February 7, 2018
While perhaps a bit harsh, Cheryl’s response gained a bit more context from a tweet the following day. Twitter user @davehayescrew asked her “which was more nerve racking… performing on #DancingOnIce2018 or performing at #eurovision1981?”. Cheryl responded: “Eurovision”.
Eurovision, Dave https://t.co/O0BZLviXAM
— Cheryl Baker (@Cherylbaker) February 8, 2018
But who knows? Much like a root canal dental emergency, a number of past Eurovision winners have surprised us with a return over the years – there’s even one competing at Eurovision 2018!
So what do you make of Cheryl Baker’s support for SuRie? Do you think it is well founded, or have her falls on the ice tainted her judgement? Let us know in the comments below!