In 2016, following years of internal selections and years of the public moaning that they wanted to have a say, producers at the BBC staged Eurovision: You Decide — a public selection determined 100% by a public vote.
But following Joe & Jake’s 24th place finish in the Eurovision grand final, the Beeb is bringing in a professional jury to help decide who will win the golden ticket to Eurovision 2017 in Kyiv.
They announced the news under-the-radar in the show’s online programme description, a portion of which we’ve pasted below.
The selection show sees six shortlisted acts take to the stage in a bid to impress the viewers at home and a jury of music professionals. An expert panel is on hand to offer their thoughts on how the songs could be made to look and sound on the stage in Ukraine. After the telephone and on-line vote has closed, the public votes are amalgamated with the jury vote and the winning song will be revealed!
“Eurovision: You Decide” tickets
Speaking to wiwibloggs earlier this week, officials from the BBC press team revealed that they’re now selling the last batch of tickets following brisk sales over the past month. Ticket prices for the 2017 show are down from 2016. Tickets for standing areas are £34.25, while seated areas are £37.00. Last year, tickets set back fans £45.00.
You’ll want to pick these up fast as forthcoming announcements — including special guests and the names of the celebrity panel — are likely to set interest soaring. Alexander Rybak has already confirmed his participation.
The tickets are not geo-blocked and you can purchase them from anywhere in the world.
Being on-the-scene will bring still more rewards. “Audience members will also be able to witness a true Eurovision experience as more events are planned before transmission, again to be announced,” our mole tells us.
Emmelie de Forest as songwriter?
Back in October Danish artist Emmelie de Forest, who won Eurovision 2013 with “Only Teardrops”, revealed on social media that she had been attending a songwriting camp focused on writing for the British national selection.
Denmark’s third Eurovision winner posted a series of videos and photos to her Snapchat account (emmydeforest) which showed her hard at work at Medley Studios in Copenhagen.
The caption on the photos described Emmelie as being at the “Writing Camp for Eurovision songs for the UK Eurovision #medleystudio #copenhagen”.
It’s not known if the songs created at the Danish songwriting camp were entered along with the public submissions, or whether they were considered as part of the BBC’s direct liaising with industry experts.
In recent weeks speculation has mounted further still, as Emmelie has posted a series of Instagram posts from London in which she says she’s writing songs.
On Wednesday she posted another snap from the British capital. It shows her wearing a body-con dress and looking absolutely fabulous.
The caption simply says “Meetings in London” — which many fans are assuming involve the BBC, which is currently finalising its plans for Eurovision: You Decide.