Eurovision 2023 was just three weeks ago, but attention is already turning to who could be participating at next year’s contest in Sweden. One person who we now know is unlikely to be representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2024 is Sophie Ellis-Bextor. The singer-songwriter has dismissed rumours that she’s in the running to participate.
Unsubstantiated claims began swirling last week in British tabloids that the BBC was eyeing up the “Murder On The Dancefloor” hitmaker to wave the Union Jack in Sweden.
Sophie Ellis-Bextor on Eurovision 2024 rumours
Whilst making an appearance on BBC Breakfast on Friday morning, Ellis-Bextor was asked by presenter Naga Munchetty about the murmurings. The star clarified that she had not personally had any contact with the BBC about participating at Eurovision and stated she felt it was too much of a risk:
“There’s been no direct conversation with me about it. I feel like this rumour also happened about a decade ago.
“I adore Eurovision. But I feel like at this point, and with what I’m up to, it would be like walking up to a casino and putting all my chips on red. I just don’t feel like I’m up for the gamble. But I will be willing from the wings whoever is doing their thing for the UK.”
Co-host Charlie Stayt later asked Sophie to clarify her points, asking if her apprehension was due to not wanting to finish with a poor result, even if the song was a good one. The British singer responded by saying she was content with her career at the moment and didn’t necessarily think the platform would offer her what it could do for others:
“I think Eurovision has got so much to offer. And I think if you’re at a certain point in your career it’s like one of those things where you’re just put on this huge platform, and I think Mae Muller was absolutely brilliant. But I think just for me, where I’m at, I just feel like I’m quite happy with the things I’m up to and where it’s all headed, and don’t know if I wanna take a big risk.”
But Sophie is not ruling out getting involved with Eurovision in other ways. The star would be up for working on a more behind-the-scenes role:
“You know what I’d really like to do: I’d like to write the song. Wouldn’t that be fun. I’d like to have a go at writing a Eurovision song.”
It is likely to be a long time before we here any official news on who will represent the UK at Eurovision 2024. The BBC has consistently been one of the last broadcasters to reveal any slither of information about their chosen act – both Sam Ryder and Mae Muller were confirmed in March of their respective years.
Whoever is eventually chosen will hope to improve upon Mae Muller’s 25th-place finish at the contest this year in Liverpool.
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