The UK selection for Eurovision is getting a bit of a tweak and its most northern location yet as the BBC announces changes for 2019.
Eurovision: You Decide will be back in February, the BBC confirmed this morning. After shows in London and Brighton in recent years, next year’s heat will come live from MediaCity UK in Salford, Manchester with 2018 hosts Mel Giedroyc and Mans Zelmerlow back for the important bits before, between and after the songs.
In what will be the most intriguing news for fans of the UK’s ongoing quest to get back on the left-had side of the scoreboard, this time around, six artists will perform three songs in the 90-minute BBC Two show in an attempt to find the most musically intriguing (and hopefully vote-winning) way of presenting the winning composition in Tel Aviv in May.
So, you’re going to have to concentrate for this next bit while we explain how it works.
Each of the three songs will be performed in two musically different ways, by two different acts. They’ve been affectionately christened as ‘song-offs’.
There will be three rounds of ‘song-offs’, leaving us with the three favoured versions of each song. From there, the ultimate winner and the song that is packing its bags for Israel will be crowned.
Mel Balac, the show’s executive producer, says: “This year the three songs presented to the United Kingdom have been selected with the help of an international jury
“Our exciting “euro-version” format will give fans the chance to compare and contrast these fantastic songs in a fresh, new way and deliver the United Kingdom the artist it deserves to fly the flag out in Tel Aviv in May.”
Guest artists will also be performing on the night and UK Eurovision commentator Ken Bruce will broadcast his show from Salford on the day of the broadcast.
No ticket details have been released as yet but OGAE UK will let members know how to apply as soon as the information is available.