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08
February
2019

Michael Rice is our 2019 Eurovision entry

Congratulations to Michael Rice, who will be representing the UK at the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest with his winning song, Bigger Than Us.

Our judging panel - Marvin Humes, Rylan and Mollie King - whittled down six performances to just three, with Kerrie-Anne, Jordan Clarke and Michael Rice going through to the audience vote.

The viewers then chose to send 21-year-old Michael - who won BBC talent show All Together Now last year - to Tel Aviv.

Mollie King said: "That was an incredible performance… your range is amazing and you should be so proud of yourself.”

Rylan added: “You were so believable, and I thought you were fantastic."

And Marvin Humes concluded: “You are a proper, proper singer, up there with the Sam Smiths, James Arthurs and Shawn Mendeses of this world. That for me was a Eurovision winning performance.”

Michael himself had a few words to say too:

https://twitter.com/bbceurovision/status/1093985106920902658

Bigger Than Us was written by Laurell Barker, Anna-Klara Folin, John Lundvik and Jonas Thander.

There will be full coverage of the Eurovision Semi-Finals on BBC Four on 14 and 16 May, and Graham Norton will be back in the commentary box for the Grand Final on 18 May on BBC One.

Follow BBC Eurovision on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up with Michael’s journey to Tel Aviv and all the other Eurovision gossip!

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04
February
2019

You Decide panelists for 2019!

You Decide panelists for 2019!

Today we reveal our panelists for Eurovision You Decide! Super-fan Rylan Clark-Neal returns to our selection show, after impressing viewers last year. Joining him are popstar and BBC Radio 1 DJ Mollie King and DJ, popstar and presenter Marvin Humes.

This year sees a change in the judging panel for Eurovision: You Decide with the new expert judges helping the UK public to decide the winner.

After all six acts have performed in the ‘Song-Off’ the expert judges will decide which three acts and version of each song will go forward to face the public vote. The three final acts will then perform one more time before the voting lines are opened as the public chooses which song and performer will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2019.

No stranger to performing Mollie King has been one fifth of the multi-platinum selling girl-band The Saturdays having sold over 5 million records worldwide, scoring 13 Top 10 singles and 5 Top 10 albums. She was also a Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant, and more recently became a BBC Radio 1 DJ co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 weekend breakfast show with Matt Edmondson.

DJ, producer, and broadcaster Marvin Humes has experienced staggering success over his fourteen year career. As well as being part of boy-band JLS and achieving chart success he’s also a successful DJ playing sets in Ibiza, as well as performing in Vegas, and hosting his own show on Capital FM interviewing the biggest names in the music industry.

Eurovision super-fan Rylan Clark-Neal joined the Eurovision family last year after impressing fans with his long-term knowledge and love for the contest as a co-host of BBC Four's Eurovision semi-final coverage in Lisbon and was a guest judge on BBC Two’s Eurovision: You Decide 2018. He also recently became a presenter on BBC Radio 2 with his brand new Saturday afternoon show.

Rylan says: “I’m so excited to be back on the judging panel for Eurovision: You Decide and back in the Eurovision family! I’ve been a life-long fan and take it very seriously so it’s a real honour to help the public decide who we choose to send to the main contest in May. I think it will be really interesting as well to see how the different acts perform the different versions of the songs.”

Marvin Humes says: "I have so many great memories of watching Eurovision growing up so being able to help decide who will represent the United Kingdom this year is very exciting! I know what it feels like to perform live for the public and a judging panel so hopefully I can bring that experience on the night!”

Mollie King says: "I'm so excited to be part of the judging panel for Eurovision: You Decide this year. Eurovision is a huge event in the music calendar every year so it's a real honour to have a say, alongside Marvin & Rylan in which song and which artist has the all-important job of representing the UK this year in Tel Aviv - I wish them all the best of luck!"

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30
November
2018

Six acts, three songs, You Decide returns in 2019!

Six acts, three songs, You Decide returns in 2019!

Today we can reveal exciting changes for our song selection show as a brand new location and format details are revealed for Eurovision: You Decide. Presented by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw, BBC Music’s Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live from MediaCity UK in Salford as the show comes to the North West of England for the very first time.

As well as a new home, there are also exciting format changes coming too, as from the hundreds of songs that have been submitted, three will be performed on the night by six different artists. The six acts will compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

In the exciting new format, each of the three songs will be performed in two musically different ways, by two different acts. There will be three rounds of 'song-offs', with six acts performing in total. Mel Balac, Creative Director for Entertainment BBC Studios and Executive Producer of Eurovision: You Decide said: “This year the three songs presented to the United Kingdom have been selected with the help of an international jury. Our exciting “euro-version” format will give fans the chance to compare and contrast these fantastic songs in a fresh, new way and deliver the United Kingdom the artist it deserves to fly the flag out in Tel Aviv in May.”

Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC said: “Forget about a sing-off, next year it’s all about the song-off as we once again try to marry a great singer with a great song, one which could finally get us on the left hand side of the leader board. We may be leaving the EU but we are still determined to win Eurovision again one day!”

As well as soon to be announced guest acts. BBC Radio 2’s Ken Bruce will be broadcasting his show live from Salford on the morning of the show.

Eurovision: You Decide (1x90) will be broadcast on BBC Two in February 2019, as part of BBC Music’s programming on the channel.

The Executive Producer for BBC Studios is Mel Balac and the Series Producer is Lee Smithurst.

Eurovision 2019: The Executive Producer for BBC Studios will be UK Head of Delegation, Andrew Cartmell and the Series Producer will be Lee Smithurst.The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown. The contest will be held in Tel Aviv, Israel and the Grand Final will be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC Radio 2, with the semi-finals being broadcast on BBC Four.

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19
September
2018

We’re opening our song submission for Eurovision 2019!

We’re opening our song submission for Eurovision 2019!

Today we can confirm our participation in the 64th Eurovision Song Contest held in Tel Aviv, Israel next May; by opening the public song submissions to find the UK’s entry.

As last year, all public entries will be shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision Fan Club (OGAE UK) members. While entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, with guidance from songwriter, publisher and new Music Consultant for the BBC, Greig Watts.

A final shortlist of songs, from either route of entry, will be showcased to the UK public, who will have the chance to vote for their favourite in Eurovision: You Decide on BBC Two. More details about the show will be announced later this year!

Greig Watts says: “The Eurovision Song Contest just gets bigger and better and more exciting for me each year, and I’m sure Israel will deliver another amazing contest. I’m so happy to be involved this year for the UK; it really is a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to get the strongest possible song and result we can for the UK, like we do on the world music stage. There’s no guaranteed song-writing formula for Eurovision as each year something different wins. I’m looking for melodic songs with impact for the arena as well as on TV. Songs that instantly hit you and never leave your brain!"

How to submit your song

To register your interest in representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, please email the title of your song and the name of your composer(s) to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within 72 hours of sending the email you will receive instructions on how to upload AN ENTRY to the BBC Eurovision portal. This should be MP3 only. Please do not attach your MP3 to the email. The following Terms and Conditions apply.

Terms and conditions

  • The song must adhere to the EBU competition rules
  • The song must not exceed three minute duration
  • The song must not have been publicly released before 1st September 2018; it should not have been performed in public or officially published on any media including but not limited to radio, TV and the Internet
  • The song cannot be a cover or sample another artist’s work
  • The song must be original with regards to songwriting and musical instrumentation
  • Composers and song writers may only submit one entry
  • The BBC reserves the right to use a performer of its choice for any song submitted for consideration
  • Employees of the BBC and EBU or their close relatives or anyone connected with the contest are not eligible to enter
  • The right is reserved to cancel the contest at any stage or amend any of the terms or details if necessary
  • The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any failure in the postal system, any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in an entry not properly registered
  • These terms are governed by the law of England and Wales
  • The closing date for submissions is Friday October 26th, 2018

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11
June
2018

Send Graham your Eurovision 2018 party shout outs!

Send Graham your Eurovision 2018 party shout outs!

It's the most wonderful time of the year, Eurovision! Let us know how you're celebrating at home and Graham Norton might give you a shout out on air during tonight's commentary from Lisbon. Let us know below; who you are, where you are, and how you are marking Europe's biggest music competition. The more detail the better!

In the meantime download our scoresheet to play along with at home. Join us at 8pm BBC One!

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11
June
2018

Israel win Eurovision 2018!

Netta Barzilai, the 2018 Eurovision favourite, has won the contest in a thrilling night in Lisbon with her song 'Toy'.

Her unusual performance was a hit with both the expert juries and the public.

Upon winning she said: "I'm so happy! Thank you so much for choosing different... thank you for celebrating diversity."

https://twitter.com/bbceurovision/status/995435431758938112

https://twitter.com/bbceurovision/status/995433742771552256

The UK's entry, SuRie, did us proud with her performance despite being interrupted by a stage invader. She came 24th on the leaderboard with 48 points.

https://twitter.com/surieofficial/status/995449080687005696

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01
April
2018

2018 presenter line-up revealed

2018 presenter line-up revealed

Today we can reveal our presenter line-up for Eurovision 2018 with Rylan Clark-Neal joining Scott Mills for the semi-finals broadcast on BBC Four!

Graham Norton will return for the Grand Final on BBC One joined by Mel Giedroyc who continues to be a part of the Eurovision family taking the reins as BBC Eurovision Spokesperson delivering the result of the Jury vote live from London; while Ken Bruce will continue his long-running coverage over on BBC Radio 2.

Graham Norton says: “Eurovision is without doubt one of my favourite nights of the year - hugely entertaining, wildly unpredictable and often very funny. The UK have a belter this year with SuRie and Storm. It’s an anthemic floor filler that deserves to do really well, but that’s the beauty of Eurovision - anything can happen!”

Rylan Clark-Neal, Semi-Final Co-Commentator says: “After an amazing evening at Eurovision: You decide I’m absolutely thrilled to be saying I can’t wait to join the Eurovision family and host the semi-finals alongside Scott for the UK this year. As a massive fan of Eurovision I’ve already cracked out my Union Jack spice girl jacket and am packed and primed and ready to take on Lisbon. SuRie was great this year and I can’t wait to watch her represent us.”

Scott Mills, Semi-Final Co-Commentator says: “Eurovision is always the highlight of my year and I am truly excited that I’ll be presenting with fellow Eurovision fan, Rylan. Eurovision is the most wonderful spectacle and I’m looking forward to all the weird and wonderful performances that the contest always brings. Rylan and I will be live from Lisbon revealing who the finalists will be as well as cheering on the UK entry SuRie.”

Mel Giedroyc, UK Spokesperson says: “I am over the moon to be the UK spokesperson for this year’s Eurovision Grand Final on BBC One! I’m gutted to be missing the semi-finals this year but I’m super excited to be announcing the UK’s televote result live from London on the big night!”

Ken Bruce, Radio 2 Commentator says: “I'm delighted to be fronting my 31st Eurovision for BBC Radio 2, and look forward to presenting my radio coverage from a sun-drenched Portuguese cabana, but more likely two square feet of airless garden shed. That’s showbiz though!”

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26
March
2018

Vote and get involved in the Eurovision Grand Final

Vote and get involved in the Eurovision Grand Final

How to vote in tonight's Eurovision Final? Look for the numbers onscreen when they are announced or download the offical Eurovision App. We'd also love to hear your party shoutouts for Graham to read during the show. Follow our BBC Eurovision feeds on Twitter and Facebook or leave a comment below. Also make your Eurovision party go with a swing with our scorecards!

https://twitter.com/bbceurovision/status/731515702150987780

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26
March
2018

Eurovision 2017 - UK song entry now open!

Eurovision 2017 - UK song entry now open!

*PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS FOR 2017 ARE NOW CLOSED*

Today we are opening the public song submissions process to find the UK’s entry for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine next May! Information on how to submit a song is detailed below.

As last year, all public entries will be carefully considered and shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision Fan Club (OGAE UK) members. At the same time, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.

Hugh Goldsmith says: “I am looking for songs which have the capacity to make a true impact on the 200 million people that will watch Eurovision live in May 2017. Good is not enough.... Great is required! The winning song will need to combine emotive lyrics and memorable melodies with a brilliant production. Writers should not be constrained by genre - Best in class is what we want! If you think you have the perfect song, we would love to hear from you.”

Guy Freeman, Editor, BBC Special Events and Formats said, “ This is the moment for anyone who passionately believes they've written an outstanding song that could win over the hearts and minds of millions of European TV viewers and professional juries, to go for it and submit their entry. "


A final shortlist of songs, from either route of entry, will again be showcased to TV viewers, who will have the chance to vote for their favourite in Eurovision: You Decide, details of which will be announced later in the year.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR EUROVISION ENTRY


• If you would like to submit an entry, it must adhere to the EBU competition rules
• The song must not exceed 3 minute duration
• All vocals must be performed live
• No more than 6 people can take part in the performance
• The song must not have been publicly released before 1st September 2016; it should not have been performed in public or officially published on any media including but not limited to radio, TV and the Internet
• The song cannot be a cover or sample another artist’s work
• The song must be original with regards to songwriting and musical instrumentation
• Each singer/s must be 18 years old on or before 1st January 2017
• Composers and song writers may only submit one entry
• The closing date for entries is Tuesday 1st November 2016
• The BBC reserves the right to use a performer of its choice for any song submitted for consideration. Employees of the BBC and EBU or their close relatives or anyone connected with the contest are not eligible to enter
• The right is reserved to cancel the contest at any stage or amend any of the terms or details if necessary
• The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any failure in the postal system, any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in an entry not properly registered
• These terms are governed by the law of England and Wales

To register your interest in representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, please email the title of your song, the name of your artist(s) and the name of your composer(s) to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please do not attach your video to the email. Terms and Conditions apply.

Within 72 hours of sending the email you will receive instructions on how to upload your video to the BBC Eurovision portal.

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26
March
2018

Eurovision: You Decide is back!

Eurovision: You Decide is back!

Eurovision: You Decide, our national song selection for the UK entry returns! The show will take place on Friday 27 January 2017, live from London's world-famous Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

This year, for the first time, it will be broadcast live on BBC Two at 19.30 with self-confessed Eurovision superfan, Mel Giedroyc, returning as presenter.

After a nationwide search, the 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 panel. They will compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The winner will be revealed on the night after a live public vote.

A panel of three experts will be on hand to provide insight and their thoughts about the songs and the artists, and how they could translate the performance to the Eurovision Final in Ukraine.

These six competing songs will be revealed on Monday 23rd January on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 and here on the official BBC Eurovision site!

Presenter, Mel Giedroyc said, “I am positively giddy for Eurovision 2017 and chuffed that Eurovision: You Decide is back! I’ve been hearing great things about the standard of the songs this year and I just wish January would hurry up so that I can hear the songs and meet the performers! We’ve got an even bigger venue, exciting guest performers and a brilliant expert panel. It’s going to be great.”

Click here for ticket information. The night will also feature performances from musical guests soon to be announced.

BBC Four will broadcast both semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May. The Grand Final itself will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 13 May 2017.

The BBC opened the submissions for public entries on the 6th October 2016, they are being carefully considered and shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision fan club (OGAE UK) members. At the same time, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, including BASCA members, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.

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26
March
2018

Eurovision: You Decide 2017 Panel announced!

Eurovision: You Decide 2017 Panel announced!

On Friday 27th January, six talented acts will take to the Eventim Apollo stage in Hammersmith for Eurovision:You Decide! One winner will go on to represent the UK at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. Our panel will be right there beside them to offer their thoughts and opinions on the songs, the artists, and how they’ll translate to the world-famous Eurovision stage in Kyiv. Today we are pleased to announce they are Bruno Tonioli, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and vocal coach CeCe Sammy!

And you can expect not one, but TWO live performances from our special celebrity guests: former Eurovision winner Alexander Rybak will perform his classic tune, Fairytale and The Vamps are set to wow us with their song All Night. If you fancy seeing all the fun in person, pick up a ticket to the event via the following link:

We'll be previewing the songs right here and on the Ken Bruce Radio 2 show, next week on Monday 23rd January. Then tune into BBC Two at 7.30pm and find out which act will be crowned the winner of Eurovision: You Decide 2017.

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26
March
2018

2017 Eurovision: You Decide songs revealed!

Who will represent the UK in Kyiv? Today we reveal the six tracks in our 2017 Eurovision: You Decide shortlist. Listen to Ken Bruce this morning from 9.30am for a very special Eurovision show. Or stay right here on bbc.co.uk/eurovision as we publish full versions of each song and artist profiles.

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26
March
2018

Lucie Jones wins Eurovison You Decide 2017!

Lucie Jones is our UK Eurovision act for 2017! With a performance that packed a powerful emotional punch tonight at the Hammersmith Apollo, Lucie will be taking 'Never Give Up On You' to Kyiv in May.

Her song was co-written by a former Eurovision winner – Emmelie de Forest, who represented Denmark in 2013. Competing against our five other acts, Lucie impressed the panel, including singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Strictly Come Dancing’s Bruno Tonioli.

Breaking down in tears as Mel Giedroyc announced her name, Lucie said: “I can’t believe you picked me – thank you so much.”

Relive her performance and watch the winning moment.

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26
March
2018

Send Graham your Eurovision party shout outs!

Send Graham your Eurovision party shout outs!

It's the most wonderful time of the year, Eurovision! Let us know how you're celebrating at home and Graham Norton might give you a shout out on air during tonight's commentary from Kyiv. Let us know below; who you are, where you are, and how you are marking Europe's biggest music competition. The more detail the better!

In the meantime download our scoresheet to play along at home and listen to all 26 finalists here. Join us at 8pm BBC One!

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26
March
2018

Public submissions for the UK Eurovision song are open!

Public submissions for the UK Eurovision song are open!

Today we are opening the public song submissions process to find the UK’s entry for the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal next May! Information on how to submit a song is detailed below.


As last year, all public entries will be carefully considered and shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision Fan Club (OGAE UK) members. At the same time, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.

Hugh Goldsmith says: “The ESC in Lisbon 2018 promises to be yet another fantastic show and I’m determined that we, the UK, are able to build on our excellent showing of 2017 thanks to Lucie Jones’ superlative performance of the powerful ballad, Never Give Up On You. To this end I am, again, looking for songs with emotive lyrics, memorable melodies and brilliant productions. However, success at Eurovision can also be about originality and the element of surprise. So, please also send us your songs if they are creatively fresh, brave and a little bit different!”

Guy Freeman, Editor, BBC Special Events and Formats said: "For anyone out there who thinks they have a brilliant song that can resonate with millions of people around the world and the 2018 jurors this is your chance and we'd love to hear from you."


A final shortlist of songs, from either route of entry, will again be showcased to TV viewers, who will have the chance to vote for their favourite in Eurovision: You Decide, details of which will be announced later in the year.

If you would like to submit a song entry, it must adhere to the EBU competition rules:
• The song must not exceed three minute duration
• The song must not have been publicly released before 1st September 2017; it should not have been performed in public or officially published on any media including but not limited to radio, TV and the Internet
• The song cannot be a cover or sample another artist’s work
• The song must be original with regards to songwriting and musical instrumentation
• Composers and song writers may only submit one entry
• The closing date for entries is Friday 27th October 2017

If the SINGER (along with the song) wishes to be considered as the artist for our UK Entry, in addition to the rules above, they must also adhere to the following conditions:
• Lead vocals must be performed live on the submitted video.
• No more than 6 people can take part in the performance
• Each singer/s must be 18 years old on or before 1st January 2018

• The BBC reserves the right to use a performer of its choice for any song submitted for consideration. Employees of the BBC and EBU or their close relatives or anyone connected with the contest are not eligible to enter
• The right is reserved to cancel the contest at any stage or amend any of the terms or details if necessary
• The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any failure in the postal system, any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in an entry not properly registered
• These terms are governed by the law of England and Wales
To register your interest in representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, please email the title of your song, the name of your artist(s) (if applicable) and the name of your composer(s) to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Within 72 hours of sending the email you will receive instructions on how to upload AN ENTRY to the BBC Eurovision portal. This can be a video or MP3:

A video should be uploaded if it is both the singer and the song being entered. If you are only submitting your song for consideration and NOT the singer then we can accept an audio only file, so you can upload an MP3. You can still upload a video recording of a singer(s) singing your song, but it doesn't need to be a separate 'video' production if the singer isn't applying to be the UK entry for ESC 2018. So it could be shot on a phone for example.

Please do not attach your video or MP3 to the email. Terms and Conditions apply.

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