United Kingdom: Changes in BBC commentating line-up; spokesperson revealed

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Who will be the official commentators for the BBC at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest? The British national broadcaster has just unveiled their names, featuring some changes in the commentating line-up.

Eurovision is just over a month away! With postcard filming underway and final touch-ups being made to the competing entries, each of the participating broadcasters are also getting preparing for their upcoming coverage on their dedicated channels.

One task for each of the broadcasters is deciding who will commentate during each of the live broadcasts, with some broadcasters remaining with the same presenters year in and out.

Changes in BBC commentating panel

Since 2015, the BBC has opted for the same commentating panel for the 3 separate live broadcasters; Scott Mills and Mel Giedroyc typically commentate during the 2 semi-final shows, whilst Graham Norton provides a voice over for the grand final.

2018 sees some slight changes to that line-up, with Giedroyc being given a brand new role for this year’s competition: Mel Giedroyc is set to officially present the jury results of the United Kingdom at the grand final of the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest on the 12 May.

Giedroyc has become popular within the Eurovision world within the United Kingdom since the presenter was introduced as the country’s official national final host, first introduced in 2016.

With Giedroyc revealing the UK votes, who will take over her role as semi-final commentator alongside Scott Mills? Check out the BBC’s reveal clip below!


Rylan given new BBC role

Former X Factor participant turning television presenter, Rylan, will commentate alongside Scott Mills in this year’s Eurovision host city of Lisbon, bringing his Eurovision expertise to his newly appointed role.

Rylan was involved in the United Kingdom’s selection process for Eurovision 2018 earlier this year, featuring on the 3-member panel at Eurovision: You Decide which saw eventual representative – SuRie – winning the national final with her song Storm.

  • Semi-final commentators (BBC Four): Scott Mills and Rylan
  • Grand final commentator (BBC One): Graham Norton
  • Grand final commentator (BBC Radio 2): Ken Bruce
  • United Kingdom’s spokesperson: Mel Giedroyc

The United Kingdom will compete in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on the 12 May; as an Big 5 member, the nation automatically advances to the final of the competition, alongside France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the host country, this year being Portugal.

The semi-final shows will take place on the 8 and 10 May, in which 10 countries from each semi-final will advance to the final of the contest.