Lucie Jones: “I used to be a sprinter – is that unusual?”

Lucie Jones won the British national selection “Eurovision: You Decide!” back in January, and will be representing the United Kingdom at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

We caught up with Lucie Jones ahead of the preview events and Eurovision itself, and asked her more about her preparations, her career after X Factor, her hobbies, and we discussed where Eurovision would be held in case she wins in Kiev. Find out all of that right here in this interview:

Hi Lucie! First of all, thank you for your time for doing this interview. What were your initial thoughts when you were announced as the winner of “Eurovision: You Decide”?

I was totally shocked! It was an amazing feeling. I genuinely didn’t expect to win. The British public are so supportive. I’ve been completely amazed!

What was it that made you want to enter the contest? Do you have any advice for anybody that might like to enter next year?

Since I was a child I always remember watching and loving Eurovision and what it stands for! I fell in love with my song ‘Never Give Up On You’ as soon as I heard it.

What have you been up to since we last saw you on the X-Factor in 2009?

I’ve had an amazingly busy time! I have worked in the West End and toured the world in musical theatre, worked as a TV presenter including shows on MTV, modelled for Wonder Bra (eek!) and so much more! I’ve had an amazing time. I also worked in my local pub between these jobs…

Your song was co-written by Emmelie de Forest (Denmark, 2013). Did she give you any advice on how to put on a winning performance?

I met Emmelie after the You Decide TV show – I am such a fan of hers it was really nice to meet her!

Which other artists inspire you? And do you have any recommendations for us?

I have a very eclectic taste in music – LOADS of people inspire me! Anyone who works hard and has passion for what they do inspires me. My parents inspire me every single day. I can’t stop listening to Ed Sheeran’s new album. Or his last album…or the one before that!

What does representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision mean to you?

There are no words. It is such an honour, one I never thought possible! I can’t wait for the final.

Were you a fan of the contest previously? Any favourite song?

Yes I love the Eurovision Song Contest! I remember watching it on my tiny television at home when I was a kid! My fave EVER is “Shady Lady” by Ani Lorak.

What part in which musical would you most like to play? And who would be your dream cast to work alongside?

There is a list of roles that I would LOVE to play. But you will never see it! If I ever get any of those roles I will tell you then – I have already played two of them (Elle Woods in Legally Blonde and Molly Jensen in Ghost). SO LUCKY!

What can we expect from the song and performance of your song in May? Are there likely to be any changes from what we saw in the UK National Final?

The production of the song has been reworked slightly. You can hear the new version on the music video!

If you won in Kiev, would you like the UK to host the contest in the Millennium Stadium in Wales? Right next to your home town!

THAT SOUNDS AMAZING! I would absolutely love that! Can you imagine?! It would be incredible!

Tom Jones, Grace Jones, Aled Jones, Norah Jones, Kelly Jones. There’s a lot of Jones’ to keep up with! What makes you stand out? And who’s your favourite famous fellow-surnamed singer?

Pretty much everyone in Wales is either a Jones or lives next door to one – there’s millions of us! I feel I’m in very good company. Kelly Jones is amazing I love the Stereophonics! Also Tom Jones is an absolute hero!!

What’s the best thing about Wales? What should we do and where should we do if we visit?

The best thing about Wales has got to be the Welsh people! I love being at home in Wales. It’s the most beautiful country in the world. Everyone should visit at least once! The 6 nations (rugby) is an amazing time to visit!

Do you have any unusual hobbies, talents, or habits that you’re willing to share with our readers?

I used to be a sprinter – is that unusual? I don’t keep bees or anything cool like that. I absolutely love Harry Potter. I have read all the books a million times.

Where can your fans hear more of your music and find out more about you?

Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook for updates.

Thank you very much Lucie!

Give a listen to Lucie Jones’ “Never Give Up On You” right here:

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