UK: Making your mind up to select in 2004

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Making your mind up, in homage to the smash hit Bucks Fizz song that won the contest in 1981, is the name for the new UK selection procedure for the Eurovision Song Contest.

“Terry Wogan, whose gently cynical commentary has been associated with Eurovision night since the contest began in 1956, will be joined by a young female presenter to bring in a youth audience and to inject greater enthusiasm into the event”, newspaper The Guardian wrote.

The reason to change the selection process came when the UK scored zero points for the first time in the contest's history last year, with Jemini's performance of Cry baby.

Six performers will each sing a different song and a panel of judges will provide commentary on the entries, then viewers will be invited to vote for their favourite by phone or SMS. The winner, who will represent the UK at the 2004 Eurovision Song Contest in Istanbul, will be revealed the same evening. Cat Deeley, Zoe Ball, Claudia Winkleman and Laurene Laverne are among the names being considered by the BBC bosses to front the show with Terry Wogan, if we may believe the The Guardian.

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