The song the UK is taking to this year’s Eurovision Song Contest was co-written by a Queenslander.
Queensland songwriter Nicole Blair (pictured) is behind the pop ballad “Storm” which British singer SuRie will perform at the contest in Portugal in May.
Blair told The Music she co-wrote the song with Gil Lewis and Sean Hargreaves during a one-day writing camp at London’s Tileyard Studios.
“It’s quite a different process [writing for Eurovision],” she said.
“The first time I experienced writing for Eurovision was last year. The main elements for me are that I like to make the concept and lyrics very positive, something that is bold that will resonate with the Eurovision audience.
“It’s really important to try and think what the whole of Europe wants musically as well.”
SuRie will be up against Australian artist Jessica Mauboy, who is representing us in this year’s competition after performing in 2014 as an interval act.
The song Mauboy will perform is still under wraps.
“I almost feel like [in 2014] I was the permission for Australia to become properly involved,” Mauboy said in December.
“A year after that, the gate was opened for Australia… I almost feel like I’ve been waiting for this, like it’s unfinished business.”
Eurovision 2018 will be hosted for the first time by Portugal, in capital city Lisbon, after inger Salvador Sobral won last year with his love ballad “Amar Pelos Dois.”
Former X Factor winner Isaiah Firebrace was Australia’s contender last year, following in the footsteps of Guy Sebastian and last year’s runner-up Dami Im.
Myf Warhurst and Joel Creasey, who took over the job of hosting Australia’s Eurovision coverage last year, are set to return.