After months of silence, the BBC has finally revealed details of the UK’s first national final since 2010. It will take the form of a television programme called Eurovision: You Decide, featuring six acts and hosted by semi-final commentator Mel Giedroyc.
After speculation that the UK’s return to a national final might take the form of a red button event of web-based voting, the BBC has committed to a full television show.
Eurovision: You Decide will screen live on Friday 26 February. It will be broadcast on BBC Four, the new home of the UK semi-finals. It will be hosted at The Forum, a venue with a capacity of 2300.
The six shortlisted acts will perform their songs live, with feedback given by a professional panel of experts. In the official announcement, the panel’s role was described as giving “their thoughts on how the songs could be made to look and sound on stage in Stockholm.”
The show will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc, who co-hosts The Great British Bake-off. Mel is a Eurovision fan, and was previously a judge in the 2007 national final Making Your Mind Up. Last year she joined Scott Mills in presenting the UK’s commentary of the semi-finals. Mel commented, “I am a huge fan of the Eurovish and am honoured to be hosting this fantastic event.”
You Decide will also feature musical guest performance. Details of these will be confirmed this Friday 22 January on the Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.
The six shortlisted songs came to the competition through three different paths. OGAE UK shortlisted songs submitted by the public; the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) ran a competition, with at least one song coming from there; and music consultant Hugh Goldsmith directly liaised with labels and management to secure the involvement of established acts.
The filming of Eurovision: You Decide will be open to the public, with tickets going on sale on Friday 22 January at 10am via the BBC.
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