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Eurovision: You Decide expert panel revealed

Eurovision: You Decide expert panel revealed

Today the BBC has announced the expert panel who will help the U.K to decide on their entry for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest. The expert panel consists of a singer, a dancer/choreographer and a vocal coach. 

Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Bruno Tonioli and CeCe Sammy have been officially announced as the expert panel for Eurovision: You Decide. The threesome will hold 50% of the power to select with act will fly to Kyiv in May.

Let’s have a closer look at the newly announced expert panel members.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor

Sophie Ellis-BextorSophie is an English singer-songwriter who achieved fame in the U.K when she gave vocals to DJ Spiller’s track Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love). Other hits of Ellis-Bexter’s include Murder On The Dancefloor, Take Me Home and Get Over You.

Bruno Tonioli

Bruno TonioliBruno is an Italian choreographer, dancer and TV personality. He is one of the judges on the BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing and on the American version of the same show Dancing With The Stars. Bruno is known for his over-the-top but passionate style. He worked as a freelance dancer and even appeared in Elton John’s music video for I’m Still Standing.

Cece Sammy

Cece Sammy Cece is the only person on the panel who isn’t a household name in the U.K. However, she has worked as a vocal coach on some of the biggest talent shows including: Pop Idol, America’s Got Talent and The Voice UK amongst others. She has also been the vocal coach for Leona Lewis, Charlotte Church and Will Young.

Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live from the Eventim Apollo in London on 27th January. The final will be broadcast on BBC2 and will be available via live stream.

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Slovenia 2017: Amaya (aka Maja Keuc, 2011) withdraws from EMA

Slovenia 2017: Amaya (aka Maja Keuc, 2011) withdraws from EMA

SLOVENIA – Slovenia’s 2011 Eurovision Song Contest representative who was to compete in the country’s national selection this year under the name Amaya has withdrawn from the show.

In a statement to Slovenian broadcaster RTV SLO, the singer said, “I was very pleased about appearing in EMA. I would have appreciated getting home, but everything happens for a reason and this path is not the only one. Following recent events, my agents and I have opted for a different approach to my career. I don’t exclude the possibility of an EMA appearance one day, but at this time my universe is devoted to something else, and I feel that I have to follow. I wish all the contestants good luck and I believe that this year’s EMA will be great!”

Amaya’s appearance at EMA was highly anticipated by the public. The singer has taken on a busy scheduled with work in Sweden and South Korea, a market she is attempting to establish herself in. Amaya recently signed a deal with Swedish record label Cow Pow studios and her career development is in conflict with EMA 2017.

Mario Galunic, Chief Editor of EMA, said, “Even after the Amaya’s withdrawal, EMA will have 16 performers. We are in final discussions with artists and authors who will be invited to participate, which we also allow for in the rules of EMA 2017”.


Maja Keuc represented Slovenia with the song “No One” in 2011, coming 13th in the grand final and granting Slovenia a grand final appearance for the first time since 2007. The first and second semi final of EMA 2017 takes place on February 17 and 18.


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Danish fans in the jury, massive interest for volunteers in Ukraine and Petra Mede on TV

DENMARK – When Denmark selects its Eurovision entry on February 25th it will be with help from five Danish Eurovision fans. They will have 50 % of the vote in both the first and second round of the contest. Usually the jury are people from the music industry but this year all five members will be people who love Eurovision. Jan Lundme from DR says that they have chosen fans to be the jury this year because they have a huge knowledge about the contest and they really care about sending the right song to Eurovision for Denmark. In October fans and viewers were also invited to listen to some of the submitted songs for the Danish national final and at least five of those song they chose are among the finalists.

UKRAINE – Citizens from 17 countries around the world, including Ukraine, have applied to be volunteers at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest. More than 7000 applications have been received by Host Broadcaster NTU. The age of the prospective candidates goes all the way up to 64 and applications have also been received from the United Arab Emirates and Australia. Interested parties have until 17th February to apply for a position: https://goo.gl/forms/haVAi69R7IfvspV52 “We were pleased to receive 1,500 completed applications during the first day of the volunteer selection. Now we have over 7000, including applications from citizens of 17 countries. We have received applications not only from neighbouring European countries but also from Australia, the United States, the United Arab Emirates and the Republic of Korea. This shows that the world is following our preparations for Eurovision and that many guests from around the world will visit Ukraine in the spring”, said Victoria Romanova, Executive Producer of Eurovision 2017. (source: http://www.eurovision.tv)

SWEDEN – The host of the 2013 and 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, Petra Mede, will play a lead role in a new SVT drama entitled “Bonusfamiljen” (Bonus family). Mede will play a divorced and uncommunicative architect. She has previously had minor roles in several TV shows. “I think that the series brings up something that has never been visualized on television before. We are extremely proud, because we think this series is so darn good”, Petra said of her new television venture. She added, “If I may, I am happy as a show host, comedian and actor. But it is in this area, acting, that I feel I have so much to learn still. There is such a development, and it is always fun to be in a position where you are going somewhere new. So I’d love to continue”. However, the television personality said she would never pass up an opportunity to host Eurovision again. “If I had to choose between presenting Eurovision or recording a new season? Wow, that’s hard. Or not. Of course it cannot compete with Eurovision. It has precedence at any price. But I’d rather not choose”. The new television drama starring Petra Mede airs from January 30 on SVT.


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United Kingdom: Eurovision: You Decide panellists revealed

United Kingdom: Eurovision: You Decide panellists revealed

BBC, the British national broadcaster, has released the names of the 3 panellists who will feature in the United Kingdom’s national final for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision: You Decide.

As with the 2016 British national final, a 3 member panel will once again feature in Eurovision: You Decide, each of whom will offer their critique and advice following each of the performances on the night.

3 member jury panel revealed

The 3 member panel offer vast and extended experience over different sectors of the industry; from singing to performing, the jury panel is as follows:

  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor: British singer-songwriter known for her pop-disco style, having had success in the early 2000s with her hits including her best-selling singles Take me home and Murder on the dancefloor.
  • Bruno Tonioli: Italian dancer and choreographer known for his work over the years alongside artists including Elton John, Tina Turner, The Rolling Stones, Freddie Mercury and Duran Duran. Tonioli is also a judge of the UK’s Strictly Come Dancing and the US’ Dancing with the Stars.
  • CeCe Sammy: British vocal coach who has worked with artists on numerous talent shows over the years including The Voice UK, Pop Idol, American Idol and America’s Got Talent. Sammy was also the chairperson of the British jury at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest.

Meet our #Eurovision: You Decide panellists! @BrunoTonioli, @SophieEB and @cecesammy 🎤 pic.twitter.com/52LHEkOpy6

— BBC Eurovision (@bbceurovision) January 20, 2017

As well as having their say on each of the performances on the night, a 50% jury vote will also be included in the final results, alongside a 50% televote, in order to help determine the UK representative at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest.

Artist announcement on Monday

Both the public and the jury will have a total of 6 acts to decide from on the 27 January, with all of the competing artists and song entries set to be released during The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 on the 23 January, live from 10:30 CET (9:30 local time).

Eurovision: You Decide will take place at 20:30 CET (19:30 local time) live from the Eventim Apollo in Hammersmith on the 27 January, hosted once again by BBC Eurovision semi-final commentator Mel Giedroyc on BBC Two.

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Slovenia: Maja Keuc withdraws from EMA 2017

Slovenia: Maja Keuc withdraws from EMA 2017

Maja Keuc will not take part in the Slovenian preselection EMA 2017 after all. Broadcaster RTVSLO announced on Friday that she decided to withdraw from the contest and they will search for another act.

Maja Keuc, who took part for Slovenia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2011, wanted to take part again as Amaya. But instead she decided to go for a chance to make it in South Korea. Keuc has been offered a couple of gigs in the Asian country.

Omar Naber

RTVSLO still aims for sixteen acts in EMA 2017. The shows take place on the 17th, 18th and 24th of February. Omar Naber (ESC 2005) is still on the roll for participation. He will take part in the first semi final.

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United Kingdom: Sophie Ellis-Bextor on panel for You Decide

United Kingdom: Sophie Ellis-Bextor on panel for You Decide

The UK has officially revealed their panellists for this years edition of “Eurovision You Decide”. Famous Sophie Ellis-Bextor is on the panel alongside a choreographer and a vocal coach. The panel will only comment on the performances.

Today, the BBC officially released the names of the three panellists who will be critiquing participants in the Eurovision You Decide show:

  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor: She is most known for her hit ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ which was Europe’s most played record in 2002. Her mother, Janet Ellis, is famous for being an exe presenter of the long running BBC children’s TV show Blue Peter.
  • Bruno Tonioli: Judge on Dancing with the Stars (USA) and Strictly Come Dancing (United Kingdom). He is a world famous choreographer having worked with stars such as Tina Turner, Sir Elton John, Boy George and Duran Duran. He was also a panellist in the 2010 UK national final.
  • Cece Sammy: British Vocal coach. She worked on shows such as Pop Stars: The Rivals (which launched the careers of HearSay and Liberty X), Your Face Sounds Familiar (Georgia edition) and The X-Factor. Later she became chairperson of the UK jury in the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest. She there awarded her 12 points to Cyprus in the Grand Final). She also works alongside former Eurovision head of jury and fellow vocal coach Carrie Grant.

The panel will only provide feedback on the performances. There is also a voting jury with a 50% influence on the outcome. Members of the voting jury have not yet been revealed.

Interval act The Vamps

The other special guests who will appear alongside Alexander Rybak are British Boyband The Vamps. They were formed in 2012 and have toured alongside Selena Gomez and Taylor Swift in their London concerts. To date they have been on 5 continental and world tours, and have won 10 awards.

You can see them all in action on Friday 27th January on BBC 2 in the UK. BBC will reveal the entries on Monday 23rd January on The Morning show with Ken Bruce on BBC Radio 2. Ken Bruce does the radio commentary for the UK

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