It seems as though the BBC may be taking Eurovision more seriously this year (as opposed the the general sentiment of the fans in the UK) as they have not only decided that the UK public will be able to have a say in who represents them at Eurovsion 2016 in Stockholm. That in and of itself is a stark departure from the BBC’s usually method of internally selecting an entry. In fact, the last time the UK had a selection for Eurovision it was back in 2010.
It now seems the BBC is not stopping there. They are also planning on rolling out the red carpet for some Eurovision royalty to take to the stage in an effort to drum up some excitement and get viewers in front of their TV sets. In 2010, only 2.9 million people tuned in to the “Your Country Needs You” program according to viewing figures.
Hosted live from The O2 Forum Kentish Town by Mel Giedroyc on Friday 26th February, and televised on BBC Four, last year’s winner Måns Zelmerlöw will be on hand to perform ‘Heroes’ while Katrina from Katrina & The Waves will be performing her winning entry from 1997, ‘Love Shine A Light.
The six entrants for the UK this year will be announced earlier that week, and all six acts will also perform live on the stage for the UK public to get a chance to see and inspect. From there, the televote will be on and the power of the people will be what the Eurovision hopes of the UK will rest upon. Let’s hope the power doesn’t go to their heads.
Tickets to attend the event will cost £35 and are available via bbc.co.uk/eurovision.
Are you excited that the UK is getting a choice this year? Or are you happy with the internally selections of the recent years? Let us know in the comments.