19
April
2018

Sonia - Eurovision Legend

Better The Devil You Know! Written By Stuart Wilders

Sonia, a ginger-haired beauty from Liverpool, was born on 13th February 1971.  She shot to fame in the late 80s with the Stock, Aitken & Waterman hit ‘Never stop me from loving you’.  This would be Sonia’s only ever solo number one record, lasting thirteen weeks in the U.K. chart.  We shouldn’t forget that Sonia was a contributing artist in the 1989 Christmas band aid single ‘Do they know it’s Christmas’ which also charted at number one.

Between 1989 and 1993 Sonia recorded an impressive eleven top 30 hits. In 1991, after a falling out with Stock, Aitken & Waterman, Sonia released ‘Only fools (fall in love) which made the U.K. top ten.

In 1993 Sonia was selected as the artist for A Song For Europe, where she performed all eight songs. ‘Better The Devil You Know’ won by a landslide, with 156,955 votes, to 2nd placed ‘Our World’ with 77,695 points.  Sonia was delighted to represent the U.K.

The Eurovision Song Contest took place in Millstreet, Ireland, following a fabulous win by Linda Martin in Malmo, the previous year.  I remember it vividly, as 1993 was my first ever Eurovision.  The final votes were due in from Malta (who were delayed casting their votes from earlier in the evening, due to technical difficulties).  Malta’s jury awarded 12 points to Ireland and nothing at all to the U.K - the shock vote of the night.  Niamh Kavanagh won the contest for Ireland.  A great song and worthy winner and the U.K. had yet again achieved second place!

In the coming years Sonia performed in London’s West End, taking on parts including Sandy in Grease, whilst still releasing music including, one of the songs from Greece, ‘Hopelessly Devoted to you’.

In 2002 Sonia returned to the Eurovision stage as a panellist on the one time only ‘Liquid Eurovision’ show, presented by Jenny Eclair -  an alternative to the usual Terry Wogan presentation - on the now dissolved station BBC Choice.

In 2003, Sonia returned to tv on ITV’s ‘Reborn in the USA’ reality show, which featured stars from yesteryear trying to rebuild their careers. 

In 2007 Sonia released her greatest hits album and in 2009 released her first single for nearly fourteen years.  Three years later, Sonia performed with other former Stock, Aitken and Waterman artists, including Kylie, in their ‘Hit Factory Reunion show, performed at the O2 in London.

In between releasing singles, tv shows and raising her daughter Gracie Rose, Sonia has also performed in various Pantomines up and down the country, often alongside tv favourite Lily Savage.

This year, twenty-five year’s after her Eurovision performance, Sonia is back!! Performing at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern on the 26th April, as a one off gig, Sonia will perform all of her hits, including of course ‘Better The Devil You Know’.

Don’t miss what promises to be an amazing show! Tickets are just £20 each and available at  https://www.ticketweb.uk/event/sonia-royal-vauxhall-tavern-tickets/7972165?pl=royalvauxhalltavern

Also, Liverpool will play host to a Eurovision Party on 12th May, entitled "Nil Pwa" details of which can be found on this link https://www.skiddle.com/whats-on/Liverpool/Camp-And-Furnace/Eurovision-Party-/13182886/#eventticketsbox

 

Edited by Andrew Brook

 

 

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