Welwyn Garden City singer to represent UK at 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

PUBLISHED: 22:52 07 March 2015 | UPDATED: 11:06 08 March 2015

Electro Velvet, featuring Welwyn Garden City's Alex Larke, will represent the UK at this year's Eurovision [Picture: BBC / Sarah Dunn]

Electro Velvet, featuring Welwyn Garden City's Alex Larke, will represent the UK at this year's Eurovision [Picture: BBC / Sarah Dunn]

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A singer from Welwyn Garden City will represent the UK at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest as part of duo Electro Velvet.

The BBC announced tonight (Saturday) that Electro Velvet, a musical duo consisting of Alex Larke and Bianca Nicholas, will represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2015, performing the song Still In Love With You.

Alex, 35, from Welwyn Garden City, and 26-year-old Bianca, from Beckenham in Kent, will be flying the flag for the United Kingdom at the 60th Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, in front of an estimated global audience of more than 180 million viewers.

Electro Velvet’s debut song, Still In Love With You, was selected from hundreds of entries received by the BBC following an open selection process inviting anyone who wished to submit a song for consideration.

A variety of amateur and professional writers and performers submitted songs and Still In Love With You, an up-tempo electro-swing track penned by David Mindel and Adrian Bax White, was selected as the UK entry for the 2015 Contest.

Electro Velvet, featuring Welwyn Garden City's Alex Larke, will represent the UK at this year's Eurovision [Picture: BBC / Sarah Dunn]Electro Velvet, featuring Welwyn Garden City's Alex Larke, will represent the UK at this year's Eurovision [Picture: BBC / Sarah Dunn]

Alex, who also sings in Rolling Stones tribute group The Rollin’ Clones, said: “I feel incredibly privileged and humbled to be representing the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, for this massively historic 60th anniversary event.

“We have a fantastic song and will work as hard as is humanly possible to bring the contest home and make our great nation proud. It’s time to get this party started! See you in Vienna!”

Bianca added: “I am so proud to have been chosen to be a part of the world’s biggest song contest – Eurovision!

“It’s such an honour to represent the UK, especially in its 60th year too!

“I have never been to Austria before, and I can’t wait to get out to Vienna and do my best, and I hope to make the UK proud!”

Taking to Twitter, Alex’s sister Anna Larke tweeted: “My brother Alex Larke is representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest!!! So proud!!! Vienna here we come!!!!!!!”

The 60th Eurovision Song Contest will take place on Saturday, May 23 in Vienna, Austria, and will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC One HD, with commentary by Graham Norton, and live on BBC Radio 2 with commentary from Ken Bruce.


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