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Singer who knows Eurovision story

Jessica Garlick
Jessica Garlick competed in a TV talent show alongside Will Young

When Jade Ewen steps onto the Eurovision stage on Saturday, she will be cheered on by one singer who knows exactly what she is going through.

For Jessica Garlick, from Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire, was the last UK competitor to finish in the top three in the often-mocked musical feast.

Her song Come Back gained more points in Estonia 2002 than all the UK's other entries added together since 2000.

Garlick said: "Hopefully Jade will do as well, if not better, than I did.

"Actually, she should do well. She'll have Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber on stage with her, and that has got to be a help."

Much like Jade, who was chosen to be the UK's entrant to perform in Moscow in the BBC contest Your Country Needs You, Garlick was selected for the honour seven years ago by a landslide public vote.

More upbeat

She was very happy with her third place in 2002 which she said she managed without being "gimmicky".

She said it would be "fantastic" if Jade, who will be accompanied by Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber - who wrote the music for her entry It's My Time - did well in Moscow.

"I do hope so. Of course, it has a West End flavour, what else would you expect from Sir Andrew, and I'm not sure if it will show much of her personality," she said.

"I would like to have seen something a little bit more upbeat."

Jade Ewen and Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber
Jade Ewen and Sir Andrew Lloyd-Webber will perform together

Since Garlick's third position in 2002, the UK, so often the winner in years gone by, has floundered near or on the bottom of the Eurovision leader board as newcomers to the competition flourish.

But the Welsh singer said that need no longer be the case.

"The voting system has changed - with 50% jury - now so it won't be, as has been the case, that neighbouring countries can vote for each other's records," she said.

Although she is a fan of the UK entry, Garlick said she was "mesmerised" by the Ukrainian song which she saw performed by artist Svetlana at a Eurovision party.

"She was just throwing herself around. Everyone was going mental," said the singer.

Garlick, who competed in Pop Idol alongside Will Young and Gareth Gates, married her long-term Welsh boyfriend - personal trainer and Gloucester rugby team's strength and conditioning coach Owen Satterley - in Las Vegas in 2004, and they now live in Herefordshire.

Jessica Garlick and Sir Terry Wogan
In 2002, Garlick was backed by Sir Terry Wogan

She has just released her new single Hard Not to Fall on download, after returning to performing following the birth of daughter Olivia 18 months ago.

She said the single, and her album due out later this year, has a "Karen Carpenter" style with a modern interpretation to it.

But although she has said she would do Eurovision again, given the right song, she won't be watching Jade and Sir Andrew live on Saturday night.

"I'll be performing at a club in Birmingham that night, so I'll have to Skyplus it and catch up later," she said.



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