Anisa – ‘I felt I could make this song my own’

The six acts competing to be the United Kingdom’s representative for Eurovision in Tel Aviv were presented last week. One of the hopeful artists is singer-songwriter Anisa, who will be competing with the song ‘Sweet Lies’ in the BBC’s ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ on Friday 8th February.

The process this year sees some changes in format, with the six acts sharing just three songs. Each song will be presented in different styles by two acts, and a panel will select which act will then progress to the final public vote. The public will then choose which of the three acts they would want to send to Tel Aviv.

Anisa’s song ‘Sweet Lies’ was written by a strong team of writers which includes Lisa Cabble who wrote Denmark’s 2013 winning entry ‘Only Teardrops’. But Anisa is also an established songwriter herself having recently written tracks for Ariana Grande and more recently for Frans, who represented Sweden in Eurovision 2016.

We caught up with Anisa to talk about her participation; how she managed to keep the secret until the news was released; and how different it would feel to be on stage singing a song written by someone else, as an artist so accustomed to performing her own songs. You can watch our interview here:

And you can listen to Anisa’s version of ‘Sweet Lies’ here:

Who is your favourite to win Eurovision: You Decide and represent the United Kingdom? You can vote in our poll below:

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