Eurovision Song Contest: What is Sheffield's 2001 entrant Lindsay Dracass doing now?

Lindsay in 2001 and now
Lindsay in 2001 and now
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A Sheffield singer who competed in the Eurovision Song Contest aged just 16 has urged this year's UK entrant to make the most of the experience.

Lindsay Dracass, from Arbourthorne, represented the UK in 2001, finishing 15th with No Dream Impossible, after being picked in a public vote.

Lindsay today, with her daughter Evie, aged three

Lindsay today, with her daughter Evie, aged three

Now 32, with a three-year-old daughter, Evie, she works part-time as a receptionist at the Hair Candy salon in West Street as well as writing and performing with long-term collaborator Julian Jones.

Looking back, she describes her Eurovision experience as 'a bit of a blur'.

"I was 16, doing my GCSEs and I had braces on. It was a bit of a blur and I can't remember much. I just cracked on as best as I could," she said.

"I didn't get nervous. I was more nervous singing at my friend's wedding the other night."

Lindsay with school friends in 2001

Lindsay with school friends in 2001

The UK's hopes this year rest with Lucie Jones, who will perform Never Give Up On You at the contest in Ukraine on Saturday night.

Despite warnings she could face a voter backlash over Brexit, Lindsay says it is a good song and predicts a third or fourth place finish.

Her advice for Lucie is to relax and 'just enjoy' the evening, whatever happens.

After Eurovision 2001, Lindsay went on to work with fellow Sheffielder Paul Carrack, from Mike and the Mechanics, touring Europe as a support act for The Eagles.

The former Myrtle Springs School (now Sheffield Springs Academy) student still writes and performs, with a Eurovision party at the end of May among her upcoming gigs.

"I started singing when I was 12 and I can't imagine doing anything else," she said.

"I've been through a lot since Eurovision. I got married, divorced and I'm now single with an amazing three-year-old daughter, but I'm a tough person. I've got a beautiful family and some beautiful friends, and I'm a very strong-headed, hard-working mum."

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