The broadcaster for the United Kingdom, the BBC, has announced this morning that Eurovision: You Decide will return as the selection format for the UK entry to Kyiv, Ukraine.
The national final used to decide the United Kingdom’s Eurovision entry will take place on 27 January 2017 at 19:30 GMT. After Eurovision: You Decide was broadcast on BBC Four in 2016 to excellent viewing figures for the time slot, the broadcaster has moved the show to BBC Two for 2017.
Six brand-new songs will take part in the 90 minute show and in regards to the songs being selected, the BBC says that they are being “carefully considered and shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision fan club (OGAE UK) members. At the same time, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, including BASCA members, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith”.
The show will be presented again in 2017 by Mel Giedroyc, well known for presenting The Great British Bake Off during its time on the BBC alongside her double-act partner, Sue Perkins.
Mel Giedroyc said, “I am positively giddy for Eurovision 2017 and chuffed that Eurovision: You Decide is back! I’ve been hearing great things about the standard of the songs this year and I just wish January would hurry up so that I can hear the songs and meet the performers! We’ve got an even bigger venue, exciting guest performers and a brilliant expert panel. It’s going to be great.”
A live public vote will decide the winning act on the night but the show will be overseen by a panel of three experts who will advise each artist on how they could take their performance on to the Eurovision stage in May 2017.
The guest performers and panel of experts will be announced by the BBC at a later date.
Tickets of the show at the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith are now available, and you can find out more here.
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