United Kingdom: National final “Eurovision:You Decide 2019” to be held on February 8
The British national broadcaster, BBC confirmed today that country’s national final Eurovision: You Decide 2019, will be held on February 8.
The upcoming Eurovision: You Decide is set to be held on February 8, for the first time outside southenrn England. Specifically the national final will take place in MediaCity UK in Salford in the northwest of England. For a second year in a row Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw will be the show’s hosts.
In the 2019 edition three songs will be performed by six artists. Each song will be performed by two different artists. The two artists with the same song will battle in a sing-off performance. Once the three pairs of acts complete their sing-offs the three remaining acts with their songs will face a second round of voting which will determine the final winner and the next British representative in Eurovision 2019.
The final of Eurovision You Decide 2019 will be aired by BBC Two on Friday, February 8 at 20:45 CET
THE STORY SO FAR
The United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1957 and has been crowned winner five times (1967, 1969, 1975, 1981, 1997). The UK holds the record of finishing in the 2nd place the most times than every other country in the contest, specifically 15 times. Although big names of the music scene have represented the country in the past ( Sandie Shaw, Olivia Newton John, Lulu, Buckz Fizz, Brotherhod of Man, Cliff Richard, Clodagh Rogers, Mary Hopkin, Michael Ball, Sonia, Gina G, Bonny Tyler) in the latest years its results are rather disappointing for a country with such a big share in the international music industry.
In the latest years, UK followed the same formula of national selection in 2016 to select Joe and Jake who finished 24th. In 2017 through the same process Lucie Jones was decided to represent the UK ending in the final 15th while last year Eurovision You Decide 2018 winner, SuRie finished in the 24th place in the grand final.