The BBC are getting serious once again about winning the Eurovision song contest, with the re introduction of jury voting in their national final selection show You Decide.
A total of 6 acts will be given the chance to represent the 5 time winners of the Eurovision Song Contest, on January 27th at Hammersmith Apollo in London, in a show that which will once again be hosted by “Eurovish Queen” herself Mel Giedroyc. The country last won in 1997 with Katrina & the Waves “Love Shine A Light”.
The jury of music professionals will offer their thoughts and opinions on the songs and how well they will transfer from the stage in London to the stage in Kyiv, Ukraine. After all the songs have been performed, the voting will open – the televotes from the viewers will be added to the points from the juries and will ultimately decide who will represent the United Kingdom for their 60th Eurovision.
The BBC invited the UK branch of OGAE fan club to assist once again in shortlisting the entries received from the open submission, last year the club chose Karl William-Lund and his song “Miracle” from the thousands of songs that were submitted. The BBC have also revived its partnership with BASCA (British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors) who ran their own submission competition amongst its members. They have also been in close contact with industry experts once again at BPI (British Phonographic Industry) with a selection of writers, producers, managers and other members. Hugh Goldsmith (formerly of RCA Records and founder of Innocent Records) has acted as a music consultant to the BBC for 2017.
The 6 acts which will compete at the live national final will be premiered on the BBC Radio 2 show, The Ken Bruce Show, on January 23rd between 930 and 1200 GMT. Last year the public chose Joe & Jake to represent the United Kingdom in Stockholm with their song “You’re Not Alone” but sadly gave the country another bad result finishing 24th in the Grand Final – perhaps why the broadcaster are trying something new with the national final format again.