Ewen to Perform Lloyd Webber's "It's My Time" at 2009 Eurovision Song Contest

News   Ewen to Perform Lloyd Webber's "It's My Time" at 2009 Eurovision Song Contest
Jade Ewen has been chosen by public vote on the BBC1 TV program "Your Country Needs You!" to represent Britain in this year's Eurovision Song Contest, which is being held in Moscow May 16.

Ewen will perform the new song that Andrew Lloyd Webber has specially written for the contest, "It's My Time," featuring lyrics by U.S. Grammy-winning lyricist Diane Warren. In the live finale on BBC1, held Jan. 31, Ewen won out over identical twin sisters Nicola and Fancine Gleadall and Welsh singer Mark Evans. Ewen was born and brought up in Plaistow, East London to a Jamaican mother and British/Sicilian father. Both her parents are registered disabled: Her mother is partially blind and deaf, and her father is blind. According to the singer, "My parent's disabilities have given me a lot of drive, because my mum always said she didn't want to see us struggling like her. Since I was young, I knew what I wanted to do, and their support and advice has given me the ambition to go out and get what I want."

Ewen won a scholarship to the Sylvia Young Theatre School, and appeared in The Bill, Casualty and Mr. Harvey Lights while still a student. After winning the competition to become Britain's representative for Eurovision, she commented, "Winning means everything. I just feel so overwhelmed and so grateful for the opportunity and I'll do everything to try and win and to try and turn our luck around." Lloyd Webber in turn said, "We've got the most fantastic artist and I've done my best with the song, and I know Jade will give 150 percent. Eurovision is going to start the career of this incredibly talented woman. I have the joy of taking Jade around Europe."

Ewen can be seen performing the song by visiting www.andrewlloydwebber.com/news/article.php?ID=208.

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