United Kingdom: BBC sets national final date and opens tickets ballot

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The British national broadcaster, BBC, has confirmed today that the 2019 British national final will be held on 8 February at the Media City UK in Salford and released further information on the tickets.

A total of six acts and three acts will battle for the golden ticket to Eurovision 2019 in Tel Aviv. In an exciting format change, each of the three competing songs will be performed in two different ways, by two different acts.

A celebrity panel and viewers at home will be responsible to deliberate and select the UK entry and act that will fly the British flag at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel.

The show will be hosted by Eurovision 2015 winner Mans Zelmerlow and BBC’s Mel Giedroyc, the duo will be hosting the British Eurovision heats for the second consecutive year.

The 2019 edition of Eurovision You Decide will be broadcast live on Friday 8 February at 20:45 CEST on BBC Two.

How to apply for your ticket?

Audience tickets are free but spaces are limited, so tickets will be allocated via a ballot at lostintv.com.

You can click on here if you wish enter the ballot in order to apply for a ticket.

  • Age restriction is 16 and over. Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
  • Tickets are allocated via a ballot from lostintv.com
  • Doors open 4.45pm. The show will be broadcast on BBC Two and on BBC iPlayer from 7.30pm to 9pm
  • Ticket holders will need to bring Photo ID
  • No food or drink can be brought into the studio
  • Please note that mobile phones are not permitted in the studio
  • Only UK audiences will be able to vote during the show

The United Kingdom in Eurovision

The United Kingdom debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and has won the competition five times (1967, 1969, 1975, 1981, 199). The country has participated in the Eurovision Song Contest 61 times and has enjoyed great succes in Europe’s favorite television show. The UK hold the record of being the country who has placed 2nd the most times in the competition, namely 15 times.

Many big names have flown the British flag at the Eurovision Song Contest: Sandie Shaw, Olivia Newton John, Lulu, Buckz Fizz, Brotherhod of Man, Cliff Richard, Clodagh Rogers, Mary Hopkin, Michael Ball, Sonia, Gina G, Bonny Tyler etc.

In 2018 the United Kingdom selected its Eurovision act and entry via a national final. SuRie was crowned the winner of the British national final and won the golden ticket to Lisbon with her entry Storm.