You wait months for some news and it all comes at once! A day after Eurovision: You Decide was announced to the public, the UK’s Head of Delegation Guy Freeman gave a series of interviews to BBC Radio. He gave us the scoop on the selection process…and threw a bit of shade too.
When we can expect to hear the songs: Freeman said that the songs will be revealed live on the Ken Bruce show on BBC Radio 2 on the 22nd of February, just before the actual You Decide show on the 26th. When talking about the songs, Freeman said he was very confident the BBC has a “good list” to put out there. He was also asked what types of artists we could expect: established, charting acts or relative unknowns. Freeman suggested all of the above, stating that “an unknown who’s a brilliant performer can do just as well as a legendary performer. It’s all to play for!”
On the decision to host the show on BBC4: When asked why the show would only be on BBC4 and not BBC1, Freeman gave some cold hard truths. Referencing the 60th Anniversary Greatest Hits Show on BBC1, Freeman said that whilst the grand final always gets big ratings, “we’ve done spin off shows and it’s not attracted huge numbers”. On a more positive note, he reiterated that BBC4 is the “home of music on TV” and that the channel hosts footage from Glastonbury, so it’s a “natural home” for both Eurovision: You Decide and the semi-finals. Freeman also pointed out that being on BBC4 was a lot better than the previous launches on the Red Button service.
Why the UK is opting for a National Final: Freeman said that surveys done by the BBC showed that the public wanted to have a say in the decision: “…bearing in mind the competition is 50% public vote, there’s wisdom in the public deciding“. He did, however, concede that the same survey showed that “most people who watch (the Grand Final) don’t care if we do win“, but similarly, the UK was “getting better at seeing it as a competition“.
On last year’s entry, Electro Velvet, and their performance: It wasn’t difficult to read between the lines of Freeman’s statements about Electro Velvet and “Still in Love With You”. Freeman said that to win the contest, you would need “very competent artists” along with a good song and staging. Hardly a big endorsement for poor Alex and Bianca…
We’re also expecting more news still this Friday, when Ken Bruce will announce further details about musical guests for You Decide on his radio show. Keep checking back and on our Twitter for the latest updates!