Who should represent the United Kingdom in Stockholm 2016?
Today the BBC (the United Kingdom’s state broadcaster) has announced the six finalists who will take part in Eurovision: You Decide this Friday!
All of the six acts are generally unknown to the British public and have been chosen through a combination of routes: public submission; submissions to BASCA (the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors); and by British Music Industry consultant Hugh Goldsmith.
The BBC are hoping to turn the tide on the recent string of unsuccessful entries at the contest including: Englebert Humperdinck (Baku, 2012); Bonnie Tyler (Malmö, 2013) and Electro Velvet (Vienna, 2015). Fan reactions on social media have been mixed with some hailing the final six as a positive step forward by the BBC and others suggesting that the songs fall far short of the British standard.
You can listen to the six acts below, each video has some background to the artists and their journey thus far in the UK’s national selection process.
Jack and Joe – You’re Not Alone
Bianca – Shine a Little Light
Dulcima – When You Go
Matthew James – A Better Man
Darline – Until Tomorrow
Karl William Lund – Miracle
This is the first time that the United Kingdom has had a national selection since 2010, after which the BBC opted for internal selection. Who do you think should represent them in Stockholm come May? Last time the United Kingdom shone a light with ‘Love Shine A Light’ in 1997 they won, can they do it again? Let us know in the comments below!