Sophie Ellis-Bextor ‘super excited’ to perform Murder On The Dancefloor at The BRIT Awards as staggering comeback success could see her reach Number 1

Her hit Murder On The Dancefloor catapulted Sophie Ellis-Bextor to stardom 23 years ago.

And not only has it won her a lucrative new deal with her old record label but it can be revealed that she will perform the track at this year’s BRIT awards.

Sources close to Ms Ellis-Bextor say that she ‘cannot believe’ her comeback and is said to be ‘super excited’ about belting out the 2001 song at the event in March.

Its resurgence comes following its appearance on Emerald Fennell’s controversial movie, Saltburn.

Meanwhile, it can also be revealed that the hit is expected to be number one in the charts tomorrow. 

 Sophie Ellis-Bextor will perform Murder On The Dancefloor at this year’s BRIT awards (pictured in Blackpool in September) 

The 2001 hit catapulted the singer to stardom 23 years ago with its appearance on Emerald Fennell’s controversial movie, Saltburn, sparking its resurgence

The 2001 hit catapulted the singer to stardom 23 years ago with its appearance on Emerald Fennell’s controversial movie, Saltburn, sparking its resurgence

It features in the finale of Emerald Fennell’s much talked about film, when main character Oliver – played by Barry Keoghan – dances naked to the song. 

The film’s popularity – with the dancing scene trending on social media – meant that last week Murder On The Dancefloor was in the top five most played tracks in the world.

A music industry insider told MailOnline: ‘Sophie will be appearing at the awards this year, it’s incredible to think she didn’t in her heyday but she is now all of these years later.

‘It is a real go back in time moment but it will also be one that organisers think will be really popular with the audience of all ages thanks to Saltburn.

‘Youngsters won’t remember it the first time around and older people will love the memories. Sophie is just so excited about it.’

Ms Ellis-Bextor’s Murder on the Dancefloor was nominated for best British song in 2001 and a year later she was shortlisted for the British female solo artist and again in 2004 but she has never performed at the ceremony.

She and her husband Richard Jones were guests at the event last year.

Meanwhile Natasha Bedingfield is tipped to be in the top ten tomorrow with her 2004 song Unwritten after it featured in the rom com movie Anyone But You, which stars Euphoria’s Sydney Sweeney and Top Gun: Maverick actor Glen Powell.

Sources close to Ms Ellis-Bextor say that she ‘cannot believe’ her comeback and is said to be ‘super excited’ about belting out the 2001 song at the event in March (pictured in November)

Sources close to Ms Ellis-Bextor say that she ‘cannot believe’ her comeback and is said to be ‘super excited’ about belting out the 2001 song at the event in March (pictured in November)

Its resurgence comes following its appearance on Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, when main character Oliver - played by Barry Keoghan (pictured) - dances naked to the song

Its resurgence comes following its appearance on Emerald Fennell’s Saltburn, when main character Oliver – played by Barry Keoghan (pictured) – dances naked to the song

Her brother Daniel is also enjoying a comeback and will appear on BBC Breakfast tomorrow morning.

The Mail on Sunday revealed that last Friday Ms Ellis Bextor clinched a big-money deal with her old record label to make a pop comeback at the age of 44.

Ms Ellis-Bextor’s 2001 hit The hit has also handed the singer success in the lucrative American market for the first time – something that friends of the star say has ‘taken her aback’. 

A music industry source told the MoS: ‘Sophie has become a global star again. Universal, her old record label, have snapped her up and she will be releasing new music later in the year.

‘She is likely to be a bigger star than she was back in the day. It has come out of nowhere for Sophie and she is thrilled and really excited.’

A music industry insider told MailOnline: ‘Sophie will be appearing at the awards this year, it’s incredible to think she didn’t in her heyday but she is now all of these years later' (Sophie pictured in November)

A music industry insider told MailOnline: ‘Sophie will be appearing at the awards this year, it’s incredible to think she didn’t in her heyday but she is now all of these years later’ (Sophie pictured in November)

Ms Ellis-Bextor said: ‘It’s just an extraordinary thing and it’s quite hard to get my head around. It’s feeling a bit more real now, but I’m trying my best to just enjoy it.’

After hearing Murder On The Dancefloor live, Saltburn director Ms Fennel, 38, was convinced it was the right song to use in her movie smash – not least because the lyrics fitted the script of the film.

During the pandemic, Ms Ellis-Bextor – daughter of former Blue Peter presenter Janet Ellis – became a sensation after dancing in her kitchen and putting clips on social media. 

It led to her making an album called Songs From The Kitchen Disco and also won her a deal with the BBC, which airs a playlist of hers each week on its Sounds app.

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