UPD Tonight: United Kingom decides!

by Benny Royston 115 views

The third annual Making your mind up will see the United Kingdom choose its entry for the 2006 Eurovision Song Contest. Bookies favourite and heart-throb, Antony Costa, will have it all to do to ensure he doesn't come unstuck against some strong competition from Kym Marsh, Daz Sampson, Four Story, City Chix and Goran Kay.

At 19:20 CET it's showtime for United Kingdom fans and the international community. For the second year, Making your mind up will include online voting, allowing fans from outside country to influence the vote. The show will be broadcast live in two parts. The first will last for one hour, followed by a break, with the results part of the beginning at 21:00 CET.

Six acts will be competing for the right to sing for their country in Athens at the 51st Eurovision Song Contest in Athens on Saturday, 20th May. The running order of the songs appears to have changed from the original list, and can be seen below with the voting phone numbers and SMS voting details.

1. Goran Kay – Play your game
2. Kym Marsh – Whisper to me
3. Daz Sampson – Teenage life
4. City Chix – All about you
5. Four Story – Hand on my heart
6. Anthony Costa – It's a beautiful thing

UK fans can call 0901 522 23 0X, where X stands for the number of the song, or send an SMS to 83199 with the text 'song x'. Calls cost 15p, with a minimum of 7p from each vote benefiting the BBC Children in Need Appeal. Lines will be open for 40 minutes, from 19:20 to 20:00 UK time.

How to vote online
Fans from across the world will be able to vote at: http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio2/eurovision/2006/mymu

UPDATE: Helena Paparizou, who won the 2005 Eurovision Song Contest for Greece, appears to be present in London. It is likely she will perform during tonight's show.

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