The United Kingdom first appeared at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 when Patricia Bredin finished in seventh place with the song ‘All’ – one point ahead of Switzerland’s Lys Assia. Now, sixty years on, the five-time winning nation are due to select their next representative. This Friday, ‘Eurovision You Decide’ will take place, and today, the six songs competing in the United Kingdom’s new national selection format were revealed in a live radio broadcast with Ken Bruce.
Olivia Garcia – Freedom Hearts
X Factor’s Olivia Garcia reached the judges’ houses in 2016 with mentor Simon Cowell, before being dropped from the contest. Olivia performs ‘Freedom Hearts’, written by Gabriel Alares, Sebastian Lestapier, Linnea Nelson and Laurell Barker. Gabriel Alares, of Swedish Idol fame, wrote Russia’s 2015 entry for the Eurovision Song Contest – ‘A Million Voices’, which finished second. Gabriel joined Sebastian last year to write ‘Falling Stars’ for Moldova’s Lidia Isac.
Holly Brewer’s song, ‘I Wish I Loved You More’, is written by Kevin Fisher, Courtney Harrell, Laurell Barker, Mattias Franda, Johan Åsgärde and Oliver Lundstrom. Oliver also wrote tracks featured on Robin Stjernberg’s album – Robin is also trying is luck as a writer in 2017, behind Robin Bengtsson’s second Melodifestivalen entry. Johan Åsgärde has previously written for Martin Rolinski. Mattias has the most Eurovision experience having written Mary N’diaye’s Melodifestivalen track, ‘Gosa’.
Lucie Jones from Cardiff performs song three – written by Emmelie De Forest who won the Eurovision Song Contest for Denmark in 2013 with 281 points. Lucie was eliminated from the sixth series of the X Factor during week five.
Danyl Johnson is the fourth artist competing in the UK’s Eurovision selection, ‘Eurovision You Decide’, this year. Like Lucy, Daryl took part in the sixth series of the X Factor alongside Lucie Jones. His song, ‘Light Up the World’ is written by Dan McAlister, Rick Blaskey, Greg Walker, Chris Sutherland and Ameerah Roelants. Ameerah wrote Madcon’s ‘Freaky Like Me’ in 2010.
Salena Mastroianni performs ‘I Don’t Wanna Fight’, the fifth song of this year’s UK Eurovision selection. The song is written by The Treatment, Nicole Blair and Marli Harwood.
The sixth song being performed this Friday on Eurovision You Decide in the hope of representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, is by Nate Simpson, titled ‘What Are We Made Of’. The track is written by DWB, Eric Lumiere and Jon Hallgren. DWB have previously written for Kate Ryan, IDA and are responsible for the Melodi Grand Prix entry, ‘Louder’ by Raylee.
The Vamps have been announced as the second special guest performer at the United Kingdom’s Eurovision 2017 selection show. 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.
The three panellists who will be providing feedback on the performances, but not contributing towards the final score 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 panellist 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 winner of the United Kingdom’s selection will be decided by 50% public vote and 50% jury voting.
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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.