Eurovision: You Decide — the UK’s national selection for Eurovision 2019 — takes place on Friday, February 8. And this afternoon the BBC revealed that we’ll have the songs and artists well ahead of that. The reveal is set for Wednesday, January 23 at 10:00 GMT.
The announcement will take place on the Ken Bruce show on BBC Radio 2.
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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!
You Decide 2019 will be filmed at Dock10 in Media City UK in Salford, Greater Manchester. 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.
The performances will be voted on by a celebrity panel and the public televote, and will eventually decide who SuRie’s successor will be.