In 24 hours, the United Kindgom will know who is in the Making Your Mind Up line up for 2007. The press launch takes place in London's trendy West End tomorrow and esctoday.com will be there to cover the event and bring you all the news. Today, the BBC have said that nothing will be confirmed until tomorrow, but to prevent further speculation on the date they have informed esctoday.com that the show will not take place on 10th March!
The date March 10th spread yesterday after radio times revealed the television listings with a 'to be announced' gap in the schedule on 10th March between 19:30 and 20:30 UK time. The BBC have told esctoday.com that this is not being held for the national final. The television market in the United Kingdom is fierce and, although the BBC is state funded and does not carry advertising, all other television companies rely on advertising revenue as their primary income source.
An early announcement of the MYMU date may cause rival channels to change their schedules in order to 'steal' viewers from the show. The BBC is keen to protect and develop the audiences that Making Your Mind Up has attracted over the last three years and is thus holding back until the last possible moment before revealing the all important time.
Likely names in the hat
esctoday.com expects a line-up of six finalists. As earlier mentioned, esctoday.com believes that Brian Harvey and Liz McClarnon are to be announced as candidates tomorrow. Brian's song is believed to be titled 'I can'. The Puppini Sisters are also strongly tipped to be in the final line-up. Stephanie, Kate and Marcella have recently toured Germany with success and would provide a retro theme which remains popular with many people across Europe. esctoday.com expects this to be the first three names on the final list.
The name Big Brovas has also been mentioned and we believe they will also be there. The title of the song is expected to be 'Big Bro Thang'. britishhiphop.co.uk writes: "The new single Big Bro Thang is produced by Method Man’s studio mentor ‘Deekay’ and sounds clinically well produced…the release will feature a number of remixes in different genre styles to cover all bases". We believe that a special Eurovision version of the song is likely to feature in the line-up for MYMU.
News reaching esctoday.com is that one of the names is a newly reformed band by the name of Scooch. Although the line-up of the band is expected to feature some new faces, their last hit came July 2000. They had four Top-30 hits, the most successful being More than I needed to know which reached number five in the UK charts in January 2000.
The final name in the hat is likely to be one linked to a children's toy and may also be a welcome surprise to British Eurovision fans! We do advise readers to wait until the songs are heard before drawing too many conclusions. Whilst we believe all this information to be correct, we will not receive official confirmation until the morning.
Last year, Antony Costa and Kym Marsh were expected to walk away with the top two places in the British final, until Daz Sampson entered the stage with Teenage life and stole the show. If we are correct that Brian, Liz and Big Brovas are the three biggest names in the hat, but they are by no means guaranteed a top place by the British public, notorious over the years for backing the underdog.
All will be officially revealed by the BBC tomorrow at the press launch. esctoday.com will be there and keep you up to date with all the latest developments.