He’s the Swedish Eurovision winner who has plenty of experience hosting local television productions. Now Måns Zelmerlöw is taking the big leap to the United Kingdom. The BBC has secured the Eurovision 2016 host as the co-host of the UK’s national final, Eurovision: You Decide.
Måns will be joined by regular You Decide host, comedian Mel Giedroyc. This won’t be the first British-Swedish Eurovision-related hosting. Eurovision 1998 was co-hosted by Sir Terry Wogan and Swedish-born television host Ulrika Jonsson. And the pair will be presenting from an iconic new location.
Next year’s show will take place in Brighton, where the BBC hosted Eurovision 1974 and ABBA claimed victory for Sweden with “Waterloo”. The venue, the Brighton Dome, received a prestigious blue plaque in honour of its lasting impact on popular music in the UK.
The grand final is set to air live on February 7th, slightly later than last year’s edition, but the BBC has revealed few other details about the selection show.
The BBC revealed the news via the official BBC Eurovision Twitter accounts. They uploaded a short clip in which Måns described his co-host Giedroyc as “beautiful” and “magnificent”.
Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, has revealed that Edward Af Sillén — the scriptwriter of Eurovision 2016 and many Melodifestivalens — will write the script and direct the show too.
Speaking to the BBC, Måns shared his excitement for his new role. “I’m really, really looking forward to hosting Eurovision: You Decide together with Mel this year,” he said. “I’m sure we’ll have a great show and I would love to see the UK achieve a great result in Eurovision 2018. I can’t wait to be part of the You Decide journey and make both You Decide as well as the Eurovision Finals, a part of every UK home.”
Mel was just as excited, saying, “My favourite time of year has come round again! I can’t wait to hear the songs and meet the artists. And what a thrill to host proceedings with THE hero of my time – the Måns Zelmerlöw all live from the Brighton Dome. It will be a night to remember!”
Måns told Aftonbladet that he believes his role is to make the UK take Eurovision seriously again, “It’s up to me to get the British to understand Eurovision’s greatness as we do in Sweden.” He also revealed having heard some of the songs in the running to be selected that he thinks he’s heard “an ESC winner”.
The BBC has confirmed that six acts will perform in the grand final of Eurovision: You Decide. The competing entries will be revealed to the public sometime in January. Song submissions closed late last month on October 27th and the selection process is well underway.
The usual panel of experts will be present to critique the songs and offer advice on how the performance would work at Eurovision.
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