Eurovision 2009 winner, Alexander Rybak will be performing at the United Kingdom’s Eurovision 2017 selection process, Eurovision: You Decide.
The BBC has announced this morning that Eurovision Song Contest winner Alexander Rybak, will be performing at Eurovision: You Decide. Alexander Rybak is the first of a number of special guests expected to be announced as performing during the selection on BBC Two.
Alexander Rybak will be known to Eurovision fans for winning the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, Russia with the song “Fairytale”. The singer went on to achieve the highest points total under the system of voting used between 1975 and 2015. “Fairytale” scored a total of 387 points, 15.89% of the total points allocated on the night. On the night of the final, Norway received 16 sets of 12 points and finished 159 points ahead of runners up Iceland.
Eurovision: You Decide 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. Mel Giedroyc returns once again as the host of the show having presented Eurovision: You Decide in 2016.
Last years guest performers were Måns Zelmerlöw who won the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna, Austria with the song “Heroes”. Also performing was the last winner of the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom, Katrina Leskanich of Katrina & the Waves.
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.