Eurovision: You Decide 2018 will be held in Brighton on the 7th February.
British broadcaster BBC has revealed that their national final Eurovision: You Decide will be held at the Brighton Dome on Wednesday 7th February. This is the first time that the United Kingdom will be holding the event outside of the capital city London. However, this is not the first time that a Eurovision event has been held in Brighton, as the Eurovision Song Contest 1974 was also held at The Dome and saw Swedish band ABBA win the contest.
The show will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc, along with Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw. Lasting 90 minutes, You Decide will feature six artists competing for the chance to represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018. The winner will be decided by both professional jury votes and public vote. The six competing artists will be revealed in January 2018. Tickets for Eurovision: You Decide are now on sale and can be purchased here.
A few months ago the BBC opened the submission window for the public to enter songs to the broadcaster. The process is the same as last year, in that all public entries will be considered and then shortlisted by OGAE UK members. BBC are also looking for professional songwriters, with guidance from Hugh Goldsmith, who is the Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC.
The United Kingdom first used Eurovision: You Decide as their national final selection show in 2016, where it was decided that Joe and Jake would represent the nation in Stockholm. They placed 24th in the Grand Final with their song “You’re Not Alone”. A year later, You Decide was used once again to select Lucie Jones with her song “Never Give Up On You”. She placed 15th in the Grand Final in Kyiv.
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.