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United Kingdom: Eurovision: You Decide Panelists Revealed, Plus Special Guest

The BBC has today revealed the panelists for Eurovision: You Decide, as well more special guests performers in this years selection.

The Vamps have been announced today as the second special guest performer at the United Kingdom’s Eurovision 2017 selection process. The Vamps who were formed in 2012 have to date released two albums and have charted across World with their releases charting in the likes of Ireland, Australia and Japan. The Vamps will also be performing alongside the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 winner, Alexander Rybak.

Also revealed today were the three panelists who will be providing feedback on the performances. They are:

  • Sophie Ellis-Bextor – Singer and songwriter known for her 2001 release “Murder on the Dance Floor”. Has released six studio albums and toured around Europe.
  • Bruno Tonioli – Italian choreographer and dancer, known for being a judge on Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing With The Stars (USA). Was also a panelist at the United Kingdom’s 2010 selection.
  • CeCe Sammy – Vocal and performance coach, she was the chairperson for the United Kingdom’s jury at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. She awarded her 12 points to Cyprus in the final.

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. The winner of the United Kingdom’s selection will be decided by 50% public vote and 50% jury voting.

Source: BBC

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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.
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