A WIGAN singer is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Bucks Fizz and Katrina and The Waves by competing in next year’s Eurovision Song Contest ... for Switzerland!
Lewis Sheridan, 17, from Poolstock, is in his second year at St John Rigby College and decided to send in his self-penned ballad I Don’t Need You Anymore after discovering on a website that he could enter.
And it is currently among the top 10 favourites to be selected to be in the next stage of the competition.
If he went all the way, his would be the first act to win the coveted title for the Swiss since Celine Dion back in 1988.
Lewis said: “I am really excited as I have watched Eurovision every year and have always thought I would enter it for a laugh. I saw it was recruiting people from anywhere and so I applied.
“You have to be 18 to represent the UK and you can apply for a country which is not your own so I chose Switzerland. I also prefer Switzerland’s selection process as, like most countries, they go for a public vote, which is better as it shows how popular the song is and so it stands a better chance in the grand final.
“But the UK does it slightly differently, by picking songs they think are different.
“There are more than 200 songs in Switzerland’s selection.
“My song – I Don’t Need You Anymore – can be interpreted as getting rid of a mental illness or about a relationship.
“The best 10 get through to the next stage and I am currently seventh, but I still need your votes to make sure I get through.
“I would love to get through and go to Switzerland. From there I would do two shows and do a sound check in December to prove I can sing.
“The winner for Switzerland is then announced in February.”
For Lewis, this would be the first time he has sung in front of a large audience since high school.
He added: “I don’t sing in any pubs - I just sing in my bedroom. I did a few concerts at St Peter’s High School, but that is it.”
To listen to Lewis visit www.wigantoday.net
To vote for his song visit www.esc.srf.ch/de/lewis-sheridan-0?sorting=alpha. Voting closes November 16.