Stevenage singer Cára Beard in last six to represent UK in Eurovision as part of duo Darline

Cra Beard and Abby Inez of Darline.

Cra Beard and Abby Inez of Darline. - Credit: Archant

It’s Eurovision time again in May – and the artists vying to win the public vote to represent Britain in the contest in Sweden include an 18-year-old singer from Stevenage.

Abby Inez and Cára Beard of Darline.

Abby Inez and Cára Beard of Darline. - Credit: Archant

Cára Beard, who has performed at Rhythms of the World, Balstock and Rock in the Priory, is one half of country-pop duo Darline along with 20-year-old Abby Inez from Droitwich Spa.

The pair have been chosen as one of six shortlisted acts who will perform live on BBC Four at 7.30pm tomorrow, Friday, night to persuade the public to choose them in a telephone and online vote.

Cára and Abby will be singing ‘Until Tomorrow’, a Taylor Swift-esque guitar-driven song that they say is about living in the moment.

“It feels incredible,” said Cára, who went to the town’s John Henry Newman School.


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“Sharing all the performances and opportunities with someone else is so much better than doing it alone.

“We both grew up watching Eurovision, so we are blown away to be a part of it.

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“It would be a huge honour to represent the UK, and we hope the public like our song as much as we enjoy performing it.”

Cára and Abby were introduced by Ben Earle of Radio 2 favourites the Shires in May last year.

They immediately clicked due to their shared love of artists such as the Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and Taylor Swift, and supported the Shires on their recent UK tour – performing at venues such as Cambridge Junction and the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire.

A panel of experts will be on hand during Friday night’s show, but the winner will be decided entirely by public vote.

Darline’s song can also be heard online at bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03kb28x.

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