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Jessica Garlick

Jessica Garlick
Background information
Born 1981
Origin Kidwelly, Wales, U.K.
Genres Pop, Soul
Occupations Singer
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2002–2002, 2009-present
Labels Freedom Records
Website www.jessicagarlick.com

Jessica Garlick is a British singer from Kidwelly, Wales.

Garlick made her first steps into showbusiness when she was 16. At that age she won the Welsh final of the TV talent show Star For A Night. The same year she also featured at Michael Barrymore's My Kind of Music. As of 2010, she is the highest placed British entrant at the Eurovision Song Contest of the 2000's, coming joint 3rd in the 2002 contest.

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Background

Jessica was born in 1981 and originates from Kidwelly in Carmarthenshire. She was educated at Glan-y-mor Comprehensive School

Pop Idol and the Eurovision Song Contest 2002

In 2001 she was among the last ten contestants on the ITV talent show Pop Idol, the show that made Gareth Gates and Will Young into chart acts. Jessica Garlick wasn't unnoticed either, as the BBC invited her to sing Come Back, one of the competing songs in A Song for Europe, the British selection for the Eurovision Song Contest 2002.[1] The audience selected her to represent the United Kingdom at the event in Tallinn, where with a strong vocal performance she took her country to easily its best result since Imaani's Where Are You? in 1998, finishing joint third alongside Estonia's representative Sahlene.[2]

After Eurovision

Later in 2002 Garlick was involved in a campaign to help kids stop smoking. In subsequent years, she has found that her strong showing in Eurovision has entitled her to become something of a regular television pundit on the contest. She made a guest appearance in the 2003 Song for Europe, during which she was charged with announcing the results of the Welsh televote, which handed top marks to the ill-fated Jemini. Later in the year, she appeared in Eurovision preview and analysis programmes, in which among other things she performed an acoustic version of "Come Back", and took somewhat gratuitous delight in picking fault with the physical appearance of Ukraine's debut entrant Oleksandar. The joke was on her, though, when she admitted that she could not actually tell whether, in espousing a universal philosophy for mankind, the colourful Austrian representative Alf Poier was being earnest or simply 'having a laugh'.

Recent years

On 16 November 2006 Garlick appeared as the hidden musician in the 'Identity Parade' round on the BBC's Never Mind The Buzzcocks game show. She is now married to Owen Satterley, a personal trainer whom she has dated from her teenage years. They have a daughter called Olivia.

Return to the spotlight

It was announced in early 2009 that Garlick would be making a return to music. After a few years with her family, Garlick felt that the time was right for a return to her career in music. The début single from her new album, Hard Not to Fall, will be released on 11 May 2009, one day before the first Eurovision Song Contest semi-final.[3]. The single will not be available in the shops, however, and will only be available to purchase from iTunes.[4] Describing the new album, Garlick claimed that it had a commercial country feel to it, similar to The Carpenters or James Brown.

Garlick performed the new single, along with her Eurovision entry, "Come Back", at the UK Eurovision Preview Party, at Scala, King's Cross on 17 April 2009.[5]

Discography

Single UK[6]
"Come Back" (May 2002) 13
"Whatever"

References

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lindsay Dracass
with "No Dream Impossible"
UK in the Eurovision Song Contest
2002
Succeeded by
Jemini
with "Cry Baby"







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