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Posted by portugalpress on May 16, 2018

UK’s entry to the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest might have ended up 24th out of 26 countries, but there’s nothing mediocre about SuRie’s voice.

Highly flexible, it can be up-tempo and jazzy, slow and bluesy, or have the dynamic delivery of a soulful torch song.

Classically trained, with striking angular looks that are reminiscent of Annie Lennox - she was flattered by the comparison — and a hint of Lisa Stansfield, Susanna Marie Cork, 29, from Harlow, Essex, has a crystal-clear voice which can soften to a tenderness that would melt butter.

I caught up with the singer the night before the second semi-final at the British Ambassador’s Residence in Lisbon, where, playing the piano, she gave a slow and bluesy rendition of not only ‘Storm’ but also ‘Who do you think you are?’ by the Spice Girls, a rendition that was so classy it would have made Posh Spice cry.

Of course, the British public and audiences around the world saw the tribulations at the Grand Final in Lisbon’s Altice Arena on Saturday when an Albanese immigrant living in the UK chose to jump onto stage and seize her microphone in what must have been the most important moment of her professional career to date. Was she fazed? Not a bit of it. She calmly recomposed herself and continued her delivery until the end, in true British style.

SuRie tweeted: ‘Well, I’ve always said anything can happen at Eurovision’. And even if the international audience of 200 million viewers didn’t give 12 points to her performance, she certainly charmed the journalists, bloggers and invited guests at the Ambassador’s Residence which also included the top Portuguese DJ Moullinex and invited DJ Goldierocks.

“I don’t have any expectations. I’m just glad to be here representing my country and will do my very best,” she said, adding that she was simply “charmed” by Lisbon, “a beautiful city”, and that she had a “wonderful experience” filming her ‘postcard’ on the stunning island of São Miguel in the Azores, and learning how tea is grown, picked and made.

By CHRIS GRAEME

Photos: CHRIS GRAEME

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