You Decide who represents the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2016
Kevin Lee | On 18, Jan 2016
This year, the BBC will turn the tables and let the public decide who represents the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.
After the last few years of disappointing results, despite entering well-known artists such as Engelbert Humperdinck and Bonnie Tyler, the BBC has decided to make the selection process an external affair with Eurovision: You Decide set to air on BBC Four, Friday, February 26.
Selection narrowed to six songs
Six shortlisted acts will be announced soon, whom will go on to compete in the live finale airing from The O2 Forum Kentish Town. The songs were shortlisted with the help of the UK branch of the OGAE, British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors, and Hugh Goldsmith (former MD of RCA and founder of Innocent Records).
The show also promises guest musical performances to be confirmed on BBC Radio 2 on January 22nd during The Ken Bruce Show.
English comedienne to host
The 90 minute show will be hosted by presenter, actress, and comedienne, Mel Giedroyc. She has co-hosted programs including Light Lunch for Channel 4, The Great British Bake Off for the BBC, and chat show Mel and Sue for ITV.
Mel is a self-confessed Eurovision fan and had this to say about the honours of hosting, “I am a huge fan of the Eurovision and am honoured to be hosting this fantastic event. It’s very exciting that the Great British public will get the chance to choose who will be sent to Sweden and I know it’s going to be an amazing night. I can’t wait to get the party started!”
Better Luck This Year
Since the start of the new millennium, only two acts from the UK have placed in the top 10, those being Jessica Garlick in 2002 who placed 3rd, and Jade Ewen in 2009 who placed 5th, so the BBC is really hoping that going back to an external selection program will result in a better placing or possibly a win.
How to Get Tickets
Tickets for Eurovision: You Decide will go on sale on January 22 at 10AM at www.bbc.co.uk/eurovsion.