The BBC this morning have suddenly announced that they will once again be holding a national final to decide who will represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2017. It will be held on January 27th 2017, at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo, presented once again by Mel Giedroyc.
Surprisingly, the national final will be screened this time on BBC TWO, last year they took a gamble on screening the show on BBC FOUR, but suffered bad ratings. So the move to a more prominent channel on the BBC. The show will be broadcast live from 1930 GMT – which will lead up to prime-time for the BBC, so an improvement in the ratings is very much hoped for.
Presenter, Mel Giedroyc says: “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.”
Last year, United Kingdom were represented by Joe & Jake who were selected via the same method. They went onto finish 24th in the Grand Final – a low position, but the method of selecting for the UK is still seen in a positive light.
You can buy tickets for the national final here. Tickets are priced between £32 and £37.
The song that will compete in Eurovision: You Decide will be given their first airplay on Ken Bruce’s BBC Radio 2 show on January 23rd, 4 days before the national final. A panel of three judges will once again be on hand to offer comments and their expert opinions on the songs and staging and how well they could translate onto the stage in Kyiv in May.
Regardless of the fact that the national final will be screened on BBC Two, the semi finals of Eurovision will be screened once again on BBC Four on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th May 2017. The Grand Final will be screened as usual on main channel, BBC One.
Source : BBC