26
March
2018

You Decide is back with a new co-host and a new venue!

You Decide is back with a new co-host and a new venue!

BBC Two, BBC Studios and BBC Music are pleased to announce that Eurovision: You Decide, the national song selection show for the UK entry, will take place on Wednesday 7 February 2018, live from the world-famous Brighton Dome, the site of ABBA’s 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with ‘Waterloo’.

AND drumroll... joining our BBC Eurovision family is 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw! Who will co-hostalongside self-confessed Eurovision superfan, Mel Giedroyc, who returns to host the proceedings.

Eurovision: You Decide will broadcast live on BBC Two and tickets are on sale from today (Thursday 16 November).

Måns Zelmerlöw says: “I’m really, really looking forward to hosting Eurovision: You Decide together with Mel this year. I’m sure we’ll have a great show and I would love to see the UK achieve a great result in Eurovision 2018. I can’t wait to be part of the You Decide journey and make both You Decide as well as the Eurovision Finals, a part of every UK home.”

Mel Giedroyc says: “My favourite time of year has come round again! I can't wait to hear the songs and meet the artists. And what a thrill to host proceedings with THE hero of my time - the Måns Zelmerlöw all live from the Brighton Dome. It will be a night to remember!”

Our 90-minute show will feature performances of six brand new songs. The performers will take to the stage in a bid to impress both the viewers at home and a professional jury at Brighton Dome. They will compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal.

A panel of experts will be on hand to provide their critique about the songs and the artists, and how they could translate the performance in Portugal for the Grand Final next May. The winner will be revealed in the show after a live public vote. The six competing songs and artists will be revealed to the public in January 2018.

We can also confirm BBC Four will broadcast both live semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 on Tuesday 8 and Thursday 10 May. The Grand Final will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 12 May 2018.

Tickets available at The Brighton Dome

Categories: BBC News

26
March
2018

SuRie will represent the UK in Eurovision 2018

Congratulations to SuRie, who will be representing the UK on the Eurovision stage in Portugal!

Her winning song, 'Storm', impressed our jury and viewers the most in Eurovision You Decide.

Rylan from our panel said: "You have come out here tonight and absolutely smashed it. It's got the message... it was amazing, I think you are outstanding!"

Responding to the audience's reaction in the Brighton Dome, Rochelle Humes said: "This room doesn't lie and they absolutely loved it."

See the moment the winner was announced

Watch SuRie perform 'Storm' on Eurovision You Decide

Check out all the runner-up performances and a fabulous ABBA medley from Måns Zelmerlöw and Lucie Jones here.

Categories: BBC News

25
March
2018

Video: Watch Monsters live and new Saara Aalto interview

Video: Watch Monsters live and new Saara Aalto interview

Saara Aalto felt the Finnish people held her down. Now she hopes for 12 points from the UK. When we caught up with her for a little chat, she wondered if someone within EBU revealed her name to the Irish delegation, and she talked about the Monsters she is still fighting. Watch our video interview with this year’s Finnish participant.

The months from an artist is selected and until the start rehearsing on the Eurovision stage is full of preparations of their stage design, outfit, postcard shooting and also promotional tours. We caught up with Saara Aalto a few days ago in this year’s host city Lisbon.

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Saara is representing Finland at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, but due to her appearance on X-Factor UK, she is a well known name outside of her native country. It was a relaxed woman we met though she is quite busy preparing for Eurovision. In the video below you can watch our interview with her mixed in with clips from a performance of Monsters at the Trumps Eurovision party from Friday evening.

Categories: Eurovisionary

25
March
2018

DoReDos in visa problems – promotion cancelled

DoReDos in visa problems – promotion cancelled

Due to visa issues, Moldova’s DoReDos have had to cancel part of their promotion tour. The sad news came this evening from the organisers of London’s Eurovision party. With the song “My Lucky Day”, the band will represent Moldova at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.

DoReDos have not yet commented on the situation, but this evening London Eurovision Party broke the sad news on their Facebook page: “It is with regret that the London Eurovision Party has to announce that due to issues obtaining visas, DoReDoS from Moldova have had to withdraw from our event.”

They followed it up with the good news that Stella Mwangi (Norway 2011) will join the party together with her partner from this year’s Norwegian final Alexandra, and also Swedish Benjamin Ingrosso. They have previously already added this year’s acts from Romania, Lithuania, Australia, Poland, Denmark, Switzerland, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Germany, Spain, Austria, Ireland, Albania, France and of course United Kingdom, so there will still be plenty of 2018 acts to enjoy.

DoReDos is also scheduled to perform at the Latvian pre-party in Riga on the 24th of March, which seems unaffected from the visa issues in relation to the band travelling to the United Kingdom.

In the video below take a look at this year’s Moldova entry My Lucky Day by DoReDos:

Categories: Eurovisionary

25
March
2018

My memories of the time I met the late great Katie Boyle

My memories of the time I met the late great Katie Boyle

It was with shock and sadness today that Eurovision fans learned of the death of Katie Boyle, arguably the greatest Eurovision presenter of all time.

Katie hosted four Eurovision Song Contests, in 1960, 1963, 1968 and most famously in 1974, the year Abba won with Waterloo.

Waterloo has been an enduring favourite of mine, and by 1988 I felt I was the only Eurovision fan in Edinburgh. That summer I saw an advert in a local paper that there was to be a Eurovision convention in the English seaside resort, Morecambe.

I was driven to the event by a fellow Eurovision fan from Edinburgh. In the car, he asked if I was shocked as to who they’d booked as the special guest. Special guest said I – who? The answer Katie Boyle and we have to dress for formal dinner tonight.

Thinking it was just a casual Eurovision weekend, the only items I had were a T-shirt and shorts. Imagine my embarrassment when Katie Boyle walked in like the Eurovision royalty she was, in a regal powder blue chiffon dress. I wanted to sink into a hole.

However, despite her regality, Katie was a down to earth approachable lady, and best of all a Eurovision fan. What we watched and presumed the truth behind the scenes, she knew it first hand.

She told stories of how her assistant and she spent Eurovision afternoon in 1974 dying ostrich feathers orange to match her dress. At one Eurovision she wore a dress so tight, she could not wear panties. She said she spent the whole show hiding behind the podium, but when she had to step out from it, her cards and hands were strategically placed to hide her private areas.

She also revealed that since 1963 she has been accused of cheating when Denmark won over Switzerland, after a callback vote and was challenged for not doing anything about it.

The next morning Katie arrived for breakfast in another glamorous white gown. Sharing breakfast with her fans, we all went outside to watch one more regal wave as she was driven off.

Today Katie turned and gave us all her last wave, as she leaves us all behind. Katie was a classy lady, a big Eurovision fan, and a much-loved TV personality and agony aunt.

She will be sadly missed. Katie died peacefully at home at the age of 91.

Below relive the glorious days of Eurovision long ago with Waterloo, the winner of the final Eurovision Song Contest, that Katie hosted.

Categories: Eurovisionary

18
March
2018

Mélanie René On The Dancefloor + A New Name For A New Single

An EXCLUSIVE interview with Mélanie René

PHOTO CREDITS: ©Philippe Houdebert

JAMES:

Hello Melanie, Thank you so much for agreeing to an exclusive interview with us at escSocial. 

Tell me, what have you been to since we saw you on the Eurovision Stage in 2015?

MELANIE:

Well, during the first year following the contest, I took part in various Eurovision events in both Switzerland, and around Europe. But after a while it became important to me to work on a more personal and authentic musical project.

JAMES:

If my memory serves me correctly, we last met up in 2017 and had a good catch up over some milkshakes.

MELANIE:

Ah yes, we had a lot fun didn’t we?  You probably remember me telling you that I had met a cool guy called Phil Braithwaite and together we wrote a couple of songs including “Dancefloor”. When I came back to Switzerland I met up with two great producers, Eric Anderson and Stephane Chapelle. They were just brilliant, helping me to define my music style with much more precision, and gave it a more modern and current feel. It’s a “Pop Electro” vibe, in the style of Dua Lipa or Tove Lo.

It then dawned on me that I needed a catchier stage name, to match the new music style. So beginning of this year I launch this new concept under the name Melyz, which is a combination of my name and the name of my sister Charlyse.

JAMES: 

How do you think your Eurovision Fans will react to this?

MELANIE:

At first I was really concern and worried that people might feel like I’m changing my name because I don’t want to carry the “Eurovision name”. 

Eurovision has brought me so much in my debuting career, and I will forever cherish this incredible experience! It has giving me a lot of opportunities, opened quite a few doors for me, and has given me the chance to meet so many amazing people. Thanks to ESC, I was able to travel whilst doing what I love: singing and performing!

I like to think that Eurovision is like a big family, and so my goal now is to bring everyone who has supported since the very beginning on this new adventure with me :)

Mélanie René to Melyz, does not mean going back to square one in order to start over; it is more of an evolution process, growing and developing as an artist.

JAMES: 

So tell me about Dancefloor

MELANIE: 

Dancefloor was written in a time of my life where big changes were happening.

I guess the song can have different meanings: it can be about relationship games, when we always want what we can’t have, and we don’t often care about what we already have (seducing but never committing) and we end up losing ourselves in these love games.

But it can also represents change in general; how we are often scared of looking deeper in ourselves to find what we are, and what we stand for, because it often makes us feel vulnerable…

JAMES: 

So when we can hope to hear this publicly?

MELANIE: 

The song is scheduled to be released on Friday 23rd March, my debut single under the name MELYZ.

There will be a music video that will be released soon after. I did not want to release it at the same time as the single.

Because I am launching this new concept “Melyz” with a new musical direction, I wanted people to focus on the music first. So thy could listen to it without being influenced by the visuals of the music video.

I am actually very excited to share all this with you guys! 

And I want to thank you guys so much for your continuing support! It means the world to me.

JAMES:

Thank YOU Melanie, for giving us an insight into what is coming up so soon, we are very excited for you, and hope all goes amazingly well. 

 


Website: https://melyz.com

 
#MélanieRené #Melyz #Dancefloor #TimeToShine #Switzerland #EurovisionSongContest
 
 PHOTO CREDITS Philippe Houdebert

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