We’re still waiting to hear the six songs that will compete in “Eurovision: You Decide” — the UK’s national selection for Eurovision 2016. But today the BBC gave us some exciting news to chew on as we wait, revealing that Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw and Eurovision 1997 queen Katrina Leskanich will reprise their winning entries during the show!
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Måns is currently turning heads Down Under as a special guest at the Australian Open.
During his last visit to the U.K., he performed at London’s Heaven, drawing a huge crowd and winning over countless new fans. Those tight pants didn’t hurt at all…
“Back in Sweden we have a show called Melodifestivalen, and the winner of that goes on to perform at Eurovision,” he said in the statement published by the Beeb. “I qualified via that process last year so I have a good idea of how everyone will be feeling on that stage. It’s certainly nerve-racking but very exciting too knowing that you could be heading to Eurovision! I am going to be wishing them all the very best of luck.”
Katrina, who won Eurovision with her emotional ballad “Love Shine a Light,” is over the moon to share the stage with Måns — and keen to inspire this year’s hopefuls.
“I can’t believe it has been nearly 20 years since we won the contest back in 1997,” Katrina said. “It’s definitely time for another UK win in the competition! Eurovision is a very special event and is something that stays with you forever — it’s always an honour to perform to such passionate crowds and it is a thrill to be doing it again at the UK National Final.”
Whether she thinks the UK can win is another matter. Speaking to wiwibloggs at London Pride in 2014, she said that the outcome is rarely just about the music.
Eurovision: You Decide will take place on February 26 inside The O2 Forum Kentish Town.
The six competing acts will be revealed on February 22 on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.