Changes have already been made to the format of the UK national final Eurovision: You Decide 2019. But even more changes are coming. The BBC has confirmed the national final will take place on Friday, February 8. This time audience tickets are free… but strictly limited.
The date for the shows follows the 2018 edition, which was also held in early February. But unlike the 2018 show — which was held the iconic Brighton’s Dome — this year the national final wild be hosted in a television studio.
#Eurovision You Decide will broadcast on Friday 8th February! Ticket info available on the official BBC Eurovision site. ?
Posted by BBC Eurovision on Friday, January 11, 2019
You Decide 2019 will be filmed at Dock10 in Media City UK in Salford, Greater Manchester. While the specific studio has not yet been confirmed, the largest facility at Dock10 is the HQ1 studio. It’s the UK’s biggest multi-camera TV studio and fits an audience of up to 1000. For contrast, the Brighton Dome can fit a maximum of 1,700 people.
Unlike the 2018 show, tickets for this year’s national final will be free. They will be allocated via a ballot, which can be applied for at Lost In TV. There’s a minimum age of 16 and under 18-year-olds must be accompanied by an adult. The dress code is “party fabulous”.
And because it’s a television studio, further restrictions apply. No food or drink can be brought into the studio, and mobile phones are not allowed. Honestly, we’re not sure we could cope without a phone, but sometimes you just have to make sacrifices.
Eurovision: You Decide will again be hosted by former Great British Bake Off star Mel Giedroyc and Eurovision winner Måns Zelmerlöw. The show will be broadcast live on BBC Two.
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.
The performances will be voted on by a celebrity panel and the public televote, and will eventually decide who SuRie’s successor will be.
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