New year, new format. The UK’s Eurovision: You Decide returns in 2019, with the BBC tweaking the song selection process slightly, along with a new location.
One thing certainly remains the same – Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw will be back together again, having presented the show’s 2018 edition.
Eurovision: You Decide 2019
You Decide will take place in the BBC’s MediaCity UK hub in Salford, in the North West of England. No exact date has been given, but it will be some time in February 2019.
As in previous years, six acts will compete to try and fly the UK flag in Tel Aviv. But this time, they’re only going to be singing one of three songs.
Each song will be performed in two musically different ways, by two different acts. Those two acts will face off in three-rounds of “song-offs”, which will help determine the final pairing of song and act to go forward to Eurovision 2019.
It’s a fairly similar format to Unser Song 2017, Germany’s selection for Kyiv – although Levina’s result wasn’t particularly a huge success at the time. Let’s hope that the UK will be able to turn that around!
Speaking about the change, Mel Balac, Creative Director for Entertainment BBC Studios and Executive Producer of Eurovision: You Decide said: “This year the three songs presented to the United Kingdom have been selected with the help of an international jury. Our exciting “euro-version” format will give fans the chance to compare and contrast these fantastic songs in a fresh, new way and deliver the United Kingdom the artist it deserves to fly the flag out in Tel Aviv in May.”
The show will also feature live music performances from guest artists. Ken Bruce – the UK’s radio commentator for Eurovision – will also broadcast his morning show on Radio 2 from the venue on the day of You Decide.
New head of delegation
Today’s press release also revealed the identity of the UK’s new Head of Delegation for Eurovision.
It’s Andrew Cartmell, who’s previously worked on ‘All Together Now’, ‘Let It Shine’, and ‘Strictly: It Takes Two’.
Are you excited for the new look You Decide? Do you think that the change in format will help the UK select a stronger package for Tel Aviv? Let us know all your thoughts in the comments section.