As previously reported, the UK’s BBC is providing a bumper night of alternative Eurovision coverage on Saturday 16 May. One of the highlights is set to be Eurovision: Come Together.
Fans have already received some teasers about what the Graham Norton hosted one-hour special will entail.
Now, on the eve of the broadcast, BBC has confirmed that there will be a public voting element. However, the British people won’t be voting for their favourite 2020 act. Instead, they are being asked to vote for their favourite Eurovision song of all the time.
A shortlist has been drawn up by a panel of “experts and superfans”. These include Eurovision commentators Ken Bruce, Rylan Clark-Neal and Scott Mills, former UK Eurovision acts SuRie (2018) and Nicki French (2001). “Uber fans” TV host Mel Giedroyc and Radio 1’s Adele Roberts also had a say. As did our own William and Lucy.
BBC favourite Eurovision songs shortlist
Here are the selected songs, in alphabetical order:
- Dancing Lasha Tumbai – Verka Serduchka (Ukraine) – 2007
- Diva – Dana International (Israel) – 1998
- Euphoria – Loreen (Sweden) – 2012
- Fairytale – Alexander Rybak (Norway) – 2009
- Fuego – Eleni Foureira (Cyprus) – 2018
- Heroes – Måns Zelmerlöw (Sweden) – 2015
- Love Shine A Light – Katrina & The Waves (UK) – 1997
- Making Your Mind Up – Bucks Fizz (UK) – 1981
- Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu – Domenico Modugno (Italy) – 1958
- Ooh…Aah…Just A Little Bit – Gina G (UK) – 1996
- Poupée de cire, poupée de son – France Gall (Luxembourg) – 1965
- Rhythm Inside – Loïc Nottet (Belgium) – 2015
- Rise Like A Phoenix – Conchita Wurst (Austria) – 2014
- Satellite – Lena (Germany) – 2010
- Save Your Kisses for Me – Brotherhood of Man (UK) – 1976
- Soldi – Mahmood (Italy) – 2019
- Sound of Silence – Dami Im (Australia) – 2016
- Toy – Netta (Israel) – 2018
- Waterloo – Abba (Sweden) – 1974
The vote will take place via the BBC website. Voting will open once all performances have aired on BBC One — given that it’s a one hour show, we presume this will be in the form of snippets. Voting will close during the programme and will be announced before the end-credits roll.
‘Eurovision: Come Together’ programme details
The programme will include a Graham Norton interview with James Newman, the UK’s 2020 singer.
It will also see hundreds of Eurovision fans and some former Eurovision faces recreating Eurovision classics from their homes. The press release giddily informs us that the UK’s 1993 singer Sonia takes on the Epic Sax Guy solo, originally done by Moldova’s Sunstroke Project in 2010.
Eurovision: Come Together airs from 6.25pm local time, Saturday 16 May on BBC One.
What do you think of the BBC list? Do you agree with the choices? Who will you vote for? Let us know in the comments.