Update noon GMT on January 1, 2019: Tulisa’s team has now denied the rumours reported below in an article in OK! magazine. Our original story can be seen below.
SuRie brought the ‘Storm‘ to Eurovision 2018 for the UK — could Tulisa Contostavlos be following up with some ‘Lightning’? The ex N-Dubz singer is rumoured to be appearing at Eurovision: You Decide this year with a track with that meteorological flourish.
The murmurs started appearing on Twitter this morning. And they’ve quickly developed into a roar as many fans remember Tulisa’s success in the UK charts previously.
One user @arianagrandes proved the point in the comments below on the post showing how Tulisa had posted an Insta of herself in the studio with lightning emojis accompanying it. To make it even more interesting? Tulisa has now deleted the post! What you hiding, girl?
Rumor has it Tulisa will be competing in BBC's You Decide competition to represent the U.K. in Tel Aviv next year for #Eurovision. Sources say she helped write one of the songs in the competition, called #Lightning. She is ready to make a proper comeback! @Eurovision ?? pic.twitter.com/i9Hmklg5XI
— ? (@huganomics) December 30, 2018
OMFG that explains her insta post from earlier this year ??? pic.twitter.com/pkaRHpQdsh
— tom (@arianagrandes) December 30, 2018
Previous success in the UK
Greek-Cypriot Tulisa earned a solo UK Number One in April 2012 with the anthem ‘Young’, which was a Summer banger throughout the year. The song was accompanied with a sun-drenched video set in Miami giving off all the party vibes that Eurofans crave, so something in this vein would certainly be welcome in the contest. Although we know Tulisa can bring out great dance anthems, it’s worth noting she is also fantastic with gentler songs such as “Sight Of You” — a break-up track with some serious emotion.
She later released her album The Female Boss filled with pop bliss, with feminist undertones. ‘Young’ wasn’t her first taste of chart success however; as part of the RnB group N-Dubz she had numerous Top 10 hits in both their home country and Ireland. They also embarked on hugely successful tours and gained a huge fanbase along the way for her no-nonsense approach and fun personality.
She became a household name in her own right away from N-Dubz on The X Factor in 2011, and was the colossally famous Little Mix’s mentor. She became the first mentor to ever win with a group on the original UK edition. With a re-shuffle of the panel she didn’t last too long in the role, but her impact on the show has lasted and Little Mix continue to slay globally album after album.
Changes to Eurovision: You Decide
As announced previously, the BBC have made some changes for Eurovision: You Decide for 2019. Instead of the 6 different songs format used previously, there will be 3 song battling out. Each entry will be performed by 2 artists in different styles or genres. There are also rumours of the show being set in a TV Studio as opposed to a concert venue as they have done in the last 3 years previously. A TV Studio setting could perhaps hint at a very different style of production to try and pique the public’s interest more.
With the new format of the show (and if the rumours are true), could Tulisa be a song-writer behind Lightning as opposed to the singer of it? If she is the singer, then she isn’t the only one trying to bring the track to Tel Aviv, as she’ll be competing against a counterpart with a different take on it.
The show will keep our collective dream husband (and of course, Eurovision 2015 winner) Måns Zelmerlöw and British comedienne Mel Giedroyc as hosts in 2019, after a fantastic showing together in 2018. Away from this, there have been huge changes in who is running the show for the UK’s participation. A change in HoD and a new production team behind the national final could bring brand new feels to the show.
Would you love to see Tulisa at Eurovision 2019? What type of genre would you hope to see her performing? How do you think a bigger name like Tulisa would fit into the new Eurovision: You Decide? Let us know down below!