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.
Lucie Jones in Kiev 2017
|Birth name||Lucie Bethan Jones|
|Born||20 March 1991|
Pentyrch, Cardiff, Wales
Life and careerEdit
Jones was born in Pentyrch, a small village outside of 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.
The X FactorEdit
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.
|The X Factor performances and results|
|Audition||"I Will Always Love You"||N/A||Through to bootcamp|
|Bootcamp (Part 1)||"Hero"||Through to the next day of bootcamp|
|Bootcamp (Part 2)||"Hurt"||Through to judges' houses|
|Judges' houses||"Anything for You"||Through to live shows|
|Live show 1||"Footprints in the Sand"||Musical heroes||Safe (4th)|
|Live show 2||"How Will I Know"||Divas||Safe (6th)|
|Live show 3||"My Funny Valentine"||Big band||Safe (3rd)|
|Live show 4||"Sweet Child o' Mine"||Rock||Safe (7th)|
|Live show 5||"This Is Me"||Songs from films||Bottom two (8th)|
|"One Moment in Time"||Sing-Off||Eliminated (8th)|
Post-The X FactorEdit
After being eliminated from The X Factor, Jones was signed to Select Model Management, and began a modelling career. In May 2010, Jones was signed by Cameron Mackintosh to play Cosette in the West End production of Les Misérables. In September 2010, she was revealed to be the face of Wonderbra's Full Effects campaign. 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. Jones also played the role of Victoria in the musical American Psycho at the Almeida Theatre in December 2013.
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. 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 Curve Leicester. 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. Between September 2017 and June 2018 she reprised her role as Elle Woods in a UK tour of Legally Blonde.
Eurovision Song Contest 2017Edit
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. 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 Kiev.
Jones's performance was shown in excerpt at the first semi-final of the Eurovision and, following this, betting odds went on to surge. 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. An article in the International Business Times stated that she blamed Brexit for the "disappointing" result.
|Single||Year||Peak chart positions||Album|
|"You'll Never Walk Alone"
(with Rhys Meirion)
|"Confidence Is Conscienceless"||2015||–||—||Confidence Is Conscienceless|
|"The Ballad of Midsomer County"||–||—||Midsomer Murders (Original Television Soundtrack)|
|"Never Give Up on You"||2017||73||29||Non-album single|
|"—" denotes a single that did not chart or was not released in that territory.|
|2009||The X Factor||Herself||Contestant|
|2010||The Sarah Jane Adventures||Gemma||Television series; 2 episodes|
|Les Misérables in Concert: The 25th Anniversary||Turning Woman 2||Television movie|
|2013||Miss Todd||Miss Todd||Short film|
|2015||Midsomer Murders||Melody Carver||Television series; 1 episode|
|2017||Eurovision: You Decide 2017||Herself||Contestant|
|Eurovision Song Contest 2017||United Kingdom representative|
|2018||Eurovision: You Decide 2018||Guest|
|2013||We Will Rock You||Meat|
|2013–14||American Psycho||Victoria/Hardbody Bartender|
|2015||Broadway to the Bay|
|Ghost the Musical||Molly Jensen|
|2016||Legally Blonde||Elle Woods|
|2017||The Wedding Singer||Holly|
|2017–18||Legally Blonde||Elle Woods|
|2017||A Christmas Carol||Emily/Ghost of Christmas Future|
- Bumpus, Jessica. "The Style Factor". British Vogue.
- "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. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Metro.co.uk, Metro Reporter for (15 September 2010). "X Factor reject Lucie Jones lands Wonderbra deal".
- Woodrow, Emily (13 October 2012). "Lucie Jones lands top role in We Will Rock You musical".
- "American Psycho Cast". almeida.co.uk. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- "Doctor Who's Matt Smith set to regenerate … as American Psycho". The Guardian. 7 October 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013.
- http://www.broadwayworld.com/westend/article/Lucie-Jones-Georgina-Hagen-to-Showcase-New-Social-Media-Musical-LIKE-ME-at-Waterloo-East-Next-Month-20150410 | Broadway World | retrieved 12/04/15
- http://www.whatsonstage.com/edinburgh-theatre/news/lucie-jones-the-wedding-singer-uk-tour-eurovision_43571 | Whatsonstage.com | retrieved 11/05/17
- "Lucie Jones, Ashley Roberts and Blake Harrison join Waitress in the West End: first look | WhatsOnStage". www.whatsonstage.com.
- McIntosh, Steven; Savege, Mark (23 January 2017). "Eurovision 2017: Which former X Factor contestant will represent the UK?". BBC News. Retrieved 23 January 2017.
- Granger, Anthony (27 January 2017). "UNITED KINGDOM: LUCIE JONES TO EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2017". eurovoix.com.
- "It Looks Like The UK Could Be in with a Chance of Winning Eurovision After All". HuffPost. 11 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
- Metro.co.uk, Amy Duncan for (11 May 2017). "UK now fifth favourite to win Eurovision Song Contest thanks to Lucie Jones". Metro. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
- Metro.co.uk, Caroline Westbrook for (14 May 2017). "Australia gave the United Kingdom 12 points in the voting and it was aweseome". Metro. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
- "Portugal wins Eurovision for first time as Lucie Jones gets 111 points for UK". Barrhead News. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
- "Portugal wins Eurovision for first time as Lucie Jones gets 111 points for UK". newsandstar.co.uk. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
- Binding, Lucia (15 May 2017). "Lucie Jones blames Brexit for coming 15th place in Eurovision". International Business Times UK. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
- "Believe – EP". iTunes Store. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- "Lucie Jones | Full Official Chart History". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 May 2017.
- "Official Scottish Singles Chart Top 100: 12 May 2017 – 18 May 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 19 May 2017.