An eight person jury will have a 50% say in the United Kingdom’s Eurovision selection final this Friday night in Hammersmith.
The BBC has confirmed that an eight person jury will have a 50% say in who will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The jury will be made up of five music professionals as well as the previously announced panelists who will be giving live feedback during the final. On the panel 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 finalists in Eurovision: You Decide were revealed this morning on the Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2. Competing in the final are:
- Olivia Garcia – Freedom Hearts
- Holly Brewer – I Wish I Loved You More
- Lucie Jones – Never Give Up on You
- Danyl Johnson – Light Up the World
- Salena Mastroianni – I Don’t Wanna Fight
- Nate Simpson – What Are We Made Of
There will also be two special guest performances during Eurovision: You Decide. The Vamps will be performing alongside the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 winner, Alexander Rybak.
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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 ten only twice, this being in 2002 and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.