Following a busy week of announcements by the British national broadcaster, BBC, this evening the British public will select their representative for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest!
For the first time in 6 years, the British public has once again be given the power of selecting their representative for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in the country’s national final, Eurovision: You Decide. Eurovision: You Decide will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc live from the O2 Forum in Kentish Town.
Earlier this week, the BBC revealed the 6 shortlisted acts who are bidding to represent the nation at the competition, with the public having a 100% say on who will fly to the host city of Stockholm this coming May. The public vote will consist of both a televote along with an online vote, with further details regarding the online vote being explained via the BBC Eurovision website.
During tonight’s national final, a 3-member panel will also be present to offer their thoughts and advice on each of the performances. The panel includes vocal coach and 1983 UK representative Carrie Grant, staging director Jay Revell and the 1997 Eurovision winner Katrina Leskanich.
How to watch[alert-info]
Eurovision: You Decide airs from 19:30 local time (20:30 CET) on the following channels:
- Joe & Jake – You’re not alone
- Bianca – Shine a little light
- Dulcima – When you go
- Matthew James – A better man
- Darline – Until tomorrow
- Karl William Lund – Miracle
Tonight’s national final will also feature guest performances by 2 former Eurovision winners; Sweden’s 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw will open the show with his song Heroes, whilst panel member and lead singer of the last winning UK entrant to date, Katrina Leskanich, will perform her winning 1997 entry, Love shine a light.