Singer Jade Ewen will represent the UK at this year’s Eurovision: Your Country Needs You after winning the final of BBC1 show Your Country Needs You on Saturday.
The 21-year-old, from East London, had been the bookies’ favourite to win, and fought off competition from fellow finalists Mark Evans and The Twins. Welshman Mark finished in third place while twins France and Nicola Gleadall were runners-up.
She will perform Andrew Lloyd Webber’s new song My Time, written specially for Eurovision, at the contest in Moscow on May 16.
The power ballad features lyrics by legendary US songwriter Diane Warren, and all three of finalists delivered their interpretation of it during the show.
The acts also each performed two other songs, with Jade delivering her version of Beyonce‘s Deja Vu and the disco classic Lady Marmalade.
The singer – who has a blind father and partially sighted mother – fought back tears as she reprised her Eurovision entry following the result.
Earlier in the show, former Eurovision winner Lulu told her,”You tick all the boxes, you’ve got the whole package.”
The show also featured a performance from Lulu and other Your Country Needs You finalists who had been eliminated earlier in the series. Last year’s winner, Russian singer Dima Bilan, also appeared performing his winning song Believe.
Jade is now expected to go on a tour of Europe to promote the song ahead of May’s contest.
And she will be hoping to save the UK’s reputation on the Eurovision stage – despite winning the contest five times, the country has had a disastrous run recently, with Andy Abraham finishing last in the 2008 contest in Belgrade.