Tel Aviv 2019

You Decide’s Holly Tandy: ‘I want to show the kind of artist I want to be’

We chat to the starlet about her entry, the Eurovision fandom and her love for Dolly Parton!

Yesterday, the BBC announced the six acts that will be taking part in a re-formatted version of Eurovision: You Decide. We also got to hear the songs, alongside biographies for each of the artists competing for the British ticket to Tel Aviv.

At yesterday’s Eurovision: You Decide press event, ESCXTRA’s Oliver Lewis spoke to Barnsley’s Holly Tandy about her entry “Bigger than Us”. Having finished 7th in the X Factor 2017, she’s ready to launch herself into the ‘tough’ music industry. In this interview, the 17-year-old star spoke about “Bigger than Us”, Dolly Parton and entering ‘the Eurovision bubble’!

Holly Tandy speaks to ESCXTRA

The United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019

Holly will be battling Michael Rice (also singing “Bigger than Us”) at the final of Eurovision: You Decide 2019which will take place on February 8th. Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw and Mel Giedroyc will return as hosts. 

In this new format, there are three songs, each sang by two acts, who will ‘battle’ head-to-head in order to advance to the final stage. In this final stage, an expert jury and televote will select the UK’s Eurovision entrant!

Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel, where we will be posting more interviews with this year’s Eurovision hopefuls in the run-up to Tel Aviv!

Are you rooting for Holly in this year’s You Decide? Let us know! Be sure to follow @ESCXTRA on Twitter and like our Facebook page for the latest updates!

Costa Christou

Ever since I saw Helena Paparizou's triumph at Eurovision in 2005 (at the tender age of 6), I have been crazy about Eurovision. From the regional native language bops and shrieky female-led balladry to the sophisticated avant garde pop songs and chart-friendly EDM, I love everything about this cultural phenomenon. I'm currently working as a Delivery Manager in a software development team.
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