A jury of music professionals will be voting alongside the public of the United Kingdom to select the country’s Eurovision 2017 entrant.
It has been revealed that a jury of music professionals will be voting in the final of Eurovision: You Decide on January 27. This is the first time in the 2000s that the United Kingdom has opted to use a jury in its national final, meaning that the public will not have a 100% say in who will represent them in Kyiv. The United Kingdom is for a second year running holding a televised selection for the Eurovision Song Contest.
A total of six acts will be competing in the final which is being held in Hammersmith. After each performance an expert panel will voice their thoughts on the songs and how they could be staged in Kyiv. Once all of the six songs have performed the public will be able to vote online and via telephone for the song they want to see represent the United Kingdom in Kyiv. The results of the public vote will be combined with that of the jury of music professionals to create the overall result and select the UK’s entrant.
The six songs competing in the United Kingdom’s Eurovision selection are to be revealed on January 23, during the Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2. Also announced as performing at the United Kingdom’s selection is Alexander Rybak who won the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Oslo, Norway.
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The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, the first victory coming in 1967 and the latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top.10 only twice, this being in 2002 and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.