August 9, 2022

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Lulu makes a shout for Glasgow to land Eurovision

Lulu, a previous Eurovision champion, has demanded that Glasgow, her hometown, host the upcoming competition. The singer claimed that the city was “crazy about music” and would make “the most fantastic hosts.”

It follows the announcement by the organisers that, due to the ongoing conflict in the nation, the contest would not be conducted in Ukraine, the winner of this year’s competition, and would instead be hosted by the UK.

The competition will be held in the UK for the eighth time next year, but Scotland has only served as host once, in 1972, when the competition took place in Edinburgh’s Usher Hall.

At the age of 15, Lulu, whose real name is Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie, had her first hit on the charts when she covered Shout by the Isley Brothers.

When she was just 20 years old, she represented the UK at the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest by singing Boom Bang-a-Bang. It was chosen as one of four joint winners that evening.

Lulu is also well-known for her parts in The Man with the Golden Gun (1974), in which she sang the title song, and To Sir, with Love (1967), in which she co-starred with Sidney Poitier.

She finally achieved her lone number one single in 1994, when she collaborated with taking That on the song “Relight My Fire,” after spending 30 years in the industry.

At this year’s Eurovision, UK singer Sam Ryder performed his song Space Man, which finished second overall and first in the jury vote.

Speaking to Newsnight, Aston of Bucks Fizz, who won the contest in 1981 with Making Your Mind Up, stated her hope that organising the contest and Mr Ryder’s victory this year will inspire more Britons to be enthusiastic about Eurovision.

She went on to say that she hoped Ukraine would be honoured for winning the conflict this year.

She said, “We must make it Ukraine’s show.” She said, “because they plainly won.” “We cannot take over the spotlight.” They want to win beyond anything else.

Lulu continued, “That is incredibly important. Any city or town that Ukraine travels to will have the support of the UK.”