The BBC has announced today that the United Kingdom will select their participant for Eurovision 2017 on January 27 in London.
Eurovision: You Decide will take place again next year with the final being held on January 27 in Hammersmith, London. A total of six singers will take part in the United Kingdom’s selection for Eurovision 2017, with the songs being revealed to the public on January 23 on the Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.
The show has made the move from BBC Four to BBC Two for 2017, this comes alongside a move of the selections venue to the Hammersmith Apollo. The Apollo will be known to Eurovision fans as the venue for Eurovision’s Greatest Hits, the celebratory show held to mark 60 years of the Eurovision Song Contest.
The show will be featuring special guest performers, last year this saw Måns Zelmerlöw perform his winning song from the 2015 contest. Also three experts will be at the selection to give their thoughts on the artists, songs and how the performances could work in Kyiv.
Mel Giedroyc returns once again as the host of the show having presented Eurovision: You Decide in 2016. She has also been commentating on the semi finals of the Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom alongside Scott Mills since 2015. Mel said in a BBC press release that:
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.
Tickets are now on sale for the selection, tickets start at £32 and go up to £37. You can purchase the tickets for the selection here.