She rose to fame with her collaboration with DJ spiller and last month was announced as UK jury member for Eurovision.
But now Sophie Ellis-Bextor has quit the jury on the eve of Semi-Final 2.
In a statement released by the BBC, the broadcaster says the decision is due to “unforseen circumstances.”
The “Bittersweet” singer was set to chair the jury.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor quits UK Eurovision jury
Ellis-Bextor took to her Twitter account to respond to the news last night:
I still love Eurovision! Wishing all the participants a great show and good luck to the UK entry. Xxxx https://t.co/4puldwG9xJ
— Sophie Ellis-Bextor (@SophieEB) May 14, 2019
In the post to her 132k followers, the “Murder On The Dancefloor” hitmaker says she still loves Eurovision and wished the participants a great show.
Ellis-Bextor also used the post to wish good luck to the UK’s Michael Rice. He will perform “Bigger Than Us” during the second half of the Grand Final on May 18.
The BBC has confirmed she will be replaced, but not who will replace her. That leaves the UK jury chairpersonless on the eve of Semi-Final 2.
Although the UK won’t participate in the Semi-Final, British televoters will be able to cast their votes during the show.
The Metro reports Ellis-Bextor had to pull out due to unforeseen childcare issues.
The UK has a further four jury members who will vote on tonight’s Semi-Final 2 jury show.
- Pete Watson
- Adele Roberts
- Jai Ramage
- AJ Bentley
UK Eurovision fans have been quick to volunteer their services to chair the jury online.
We are now days away from UK act Michael Rice taking to the stage.
He’ll perform his ballad “Bigger Than Us” with five backing vocalists and amidst a starscape.
Fans in the UK will know what position Michael will sing in during the early hours of Saturday morning once the EBU publishes the running order.
Eighteen acts take to the stage tonight in the jury show of Semi-Final 2. Only ten will qualify for Saturday night’s Grand Final.
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