Cheryl Baker is 'thrilled' to be in EastEnders' Eurovision episode

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 28 April 2023
Cheryl Baker and Gillian Taylforth

Cheryl Baker is over the moon to be involved in EastEnders' Eurovision celebration

Cheryl Baker is "thrilled" to feature in the EastEnders' Eurovision special

Cheryl Baker is “thrilled” to be involved in the ‘EastEnders’ Eurovision celebration

The Buzz Fizz star – who snagged victory at the 1981 Eurovision Song Contest – was over the moon to be involved in Albert Square’s party to mark the competition being held in the UK for the first time since 1998 as she is a “real-life” cockney and has loved the BBC One soap since its 1985 inception.

The 69-year-old singer said: “I was so thrilled to be asked to take part in an episode of EastEnders. It’s a British institution, for goodness sake!

“As a real-life ‘Eastender’, I have loved the show since day one and I literally can’t wipe the smile from my face.

Cheryl – who will be the guest of honour at the Prince Albert’s at Kathy Beale’s birthday party alongside Jean Slater (Gillian Wright) and Harvey Monroe (Ross Boatman) – is one of the many famous faces in the address book of reformed bad boy Rocky (Brian Conley), the fiancee of Gillian Taylforth’s character, who has already brought Harry Redknapp and Rag’n’Bone Man to Walford.

The public broadcaster has previously admitted they “couldn’t be more proud” to be broadcasting the competition from Liverpool as the winners Ukraine – whose act Kalush Orchestra beat the UK entry Sam Ryder to the top spot at last year’s grand finale – were unable to amid the ongoing invasion by Russia.

Kate Phillips, the Director of Unscripted, said: “We couldn't be more proud and excited to give our audiences such a huge array of world class Eurovision content. It's an honour for the BBC to host the show on behalf of Ukraine, and we're committed to do them proud. The level of collaboration and coordination across so much of the output is truly amazing. Let the Eurovision Song Contest begin!”