Lucie Jones

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Lucie Jones
Lucie Jones Red Carpet Kyiv 2017.jpg
Jones in Kyiv 2017
Background information
Birth nameLucie Bethan Jones
Born (1991-03-20) 20 March 1991 (age 30)
Pentyrch, Cardiff, Wales
Genres
Occupation(s)
  • Singer
  • actress
  • model
Instruments
  • Vocals
Years active2007–present

Lucie Bethan Jones (born 20 March 1991) is a Welsh singer, actress, and model. Jones first came to prominence while competing on series 6 of The X Factor UK in 2009, where she finished eighth. She represented the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 with the song "Never Give Up on You", finishing with 111 points in 15th place, the country's best result since 2011.

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Life and career

Jones was born in Pentyrch, a small village outside Cardiff. In 2007, she attended the World Scout Jamboree as a Scout, and was the main performer singing "Jambo", the theme song of the jamboree. Lucie was also a part of Cardiff's own Scout and Guide Gang Show. In 2017, she married fellow X Factor contestant Ethan Boroian.

The X Factor

Jones auditioned for series 6 of The X Factor UK with the song "I Will Always Love You". She advanced to the live shows, and was mentored by Dannii Minogue. Jones was eliminated in week five, during the final showdown against John & Edward after the result went to deadlock with Louis Walsh and Simon Cowell voting to eliminate Jones while Minogue and Cheryl Cole voted to send home John & Edward. After her elimination, 1,113 viewers complained about Cowell sending the result to deadlock rather than sending home John & Edward in a majority vote.

West End

After being eliminated from The X Factor, Jones was signed to Select Model Management, and began a modelling career. [1] In May 2010, Jones was signed by Cameron Mackintosh to play Cosette in the West End production of Les Misérables . [2] In September 2010, she was revealed to be the face of Wonderbra's Full Effects campaign. [3] In 2010, she appeared in The Sarah Jane Adventures episode, "Lost in Time: Part Two". Jones played the role of Meat in the 2013 arena tour of We Will Rock You . [4] Jones also played the role of Victoria [5] in the musical American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre in December 2013. [6]

In February 2015, Jones appeared as Melody Carver in ITV's Midsomer Murders , in the episode "The Ballad of Midsomer County". In April 2015, Jones played the role of Emma in the showcase performance of Like Me , at The Waterloo East Theatre. [7] In March 2015, she was cast as Molly in the Chinese tour of Ghost the Musical . In April 2016, she played the lead role of Elle Woods in Legally Blonde at the Curve. In 2016, she was cast as Maureen Johnson in the UK tour of Rent . Jones appeared in a summer run as Holly in the UK Tour of The Wedding Singer from 20 June to 19 July 2017. [8] Between September 2017 and June 2018 she reprised her role as Elle Woods in a UK tour of Legally Blonde .

Jones made her debut as Jenna in Waitress on Thursday 16th May 2019. Following a brief break, she returned to Waitress in mid-June to play Jenna indefinitely. [9]

In 2021, Jones will take on the role of Fantine in the West End production of Les Misérables . She will also resume her role as Jenna in Waitress on the 2021/ 2022 UK Tour, starting in September.

Eurovision Song Contest 2017

Jones performs at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Lucie Jones (United Kingdom) ESC 2017.jpg
Jones performs at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017.

In January 2017, Jones was confirmed to be competing in Eurovision: You Decide , the United Kingdom's national final for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017. Her song, "Never Give Up on You", was co-written by Eurovision Song Contest 2013 winner Emmelie de Forest. [10] On 27 January 2017, Jones won the televised show, and was confirmed to be representing the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, in Kyiv. [11]

Jones's performance was shown in excerpt at the first semi-final of the Eurovision and, following this, betting odds went on to surge. [12] [13] At the Grand Final Jones performed eighteenth in the running order and then, in the second half of the final, went on to score 111 points through combined voting from the jury vote and the popular vote. Jones also managed to score 12 points from the Australia professional Jury. [14] [15] [16] An article in the International Business Times stated that she blamed Brexit for the "disappointing" result. [17]

Discography

Albums

TitleDetails
Lucie Jones: Live at the Adelphi [18]
  • Released: 25 September 2020
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Live Here Now

Extended plays

TitleDetails
Believe [19]
  • Released: 15 October 2015
  • Format: Digital download
  • Label: Jones Entertainment

Singles

SingleYearPeak chart positionsAlbum
UK
[20]
SCO
[21]
"You'll Never Walk Alone"
(with Rhys Meirion)
2013Cerddwn ymlaen
"Confidence Is Conscienceless"2015Confidence Is Conscienceless
"The Ballad of Midsomer County" Midsomer Murders (Original Television Soundtrack)
"Never Give Up on You"20177329Non-album single
"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.

Filmography

YearTitleRoleNotes
2009 The X Factor HerselfContestant
2010 The Sarah Jane Adventures GemmaTelevision series; 2 episodes
Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary Turning Woman 2Television movie
2013Miss ToddMiss ToddShort film
2015 Midsomer Murders Melody CarverTV Series, S17E3: “The Ballad of Midsomer County”
2017 Eurovision: You Decide 2017 HerselfContestant
Eurovision Song Contest 2017 United Kingdom representative
2018 Eurovision: You Decide 2018 Guest

Stage

YearTitleRole
2010 Les Misérables Cosette
2011The ProdigalsKelly
2013 We Will Rock You Meat
2013–14 American Psycho Victoria/Hardbody Bartender
2015Broadway to the Bay
Like Me Emma
Ghost the Musical Molly Jensen
2016 Legally Blonde Elle Woods
Musicals Unsung
2016–17 Rent Maureen Johnson
2017 The Wedding Singer Holly
2017–18 Legally Blonde Elle Woods
2017 A Christmas Carol Emily/Ghost of Christmas Future
2019-20 Waitress Jenna Hunterson
2020Lucie Jones - Live at the AdelphiHerself
2021 Les Misérables Fantine [22]

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References

  1. Bumpus, Jessica. "The Style Factor". British Vogue.
  2. "X Factor's Lucie Jones to star in Les Miserables". Wales Online. 20 May 2010. Archived from the original on 22 December 2010. Retrieved 20 May 2010.
  3. "X Factor reject Lucie Jones lands Wonderbra deal". Metro.co.uk. 15 September 2010.
  4. Woodrow, Emily (13 October 2012). "Lucie Jones lands top role in We Will Rock You musical".
  5. "American Psycho Cast". Almeida.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  6. "Doctor Who's Matt Smith set to regenerate … as American Psycho". The Guardian . 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
  7. "Lucie Jones, Georgina Hagen Showcase New Social Media Musical LIKE ME at Waterloo East Today". Broadwayworld.com. Retrieved 22 July 2020.
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  9. "Lucie Jones, Ashley Roberts and Blake Harrison join Waitress in the West End: first look". Whatsonstage.com.
  10. McIntosh, Steven; Savege, Mark (23 January 2017). "Eurovision 2017: Which former X Factor contestant will represent the UK?". BBC News. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
  11. Granger, Anthony (27 January 2017). "UNITED KINGDOM: LUCIE JONES TO EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2017". Eurovoix.com.
  12. "It Looks Like The UK Could Be in with a Chance of Winning Eurovision After All". HuffPost. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
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  14. Caroline Westbrook (14 May 2017). "Australia gave the United Kingdom 12 points in the voting and it was aweseome". Metro.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  15. "Portugal wins Eurovision for first time as Lucie Jones gets 111 points for UK". Barrhead News. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
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  17. Binding, Lucia (15 May 2017). "Lucie Jones blames Brexit for coming 15th place in Eurovision". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  18. "Lucie Jones: Live at the Adelphi – Album". iTunes Store. Retrieved 14 March 2021.
  19. "Believe – EP". iTunes Store. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
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  21. "Official Scottish Singles Chart Top 100: 12 May 2017 – 18 May 2017". Official Charts Company . Retrieved 19 May 2017.
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Preceded by
Joe and Jake
with "You're Not Alone"
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
2017
Succeeded by
SuRie
with "Storm"