Filming for Eurovision: You Decide has begun in Brighton.
Yesterday Eurovision 2015 winner and host of Eurovision: You Decide 2018 Måns Zelmerlöw revealed on his Instagram that filming has begun in Brighton. Eurovision: You Decide will once again be used to select the United Kingdom’s Eurovision entry this year. Hosting alongside Måns will be Mel Giedroyc, who has commentated at the Eurovision Song Contest in the past.
The show will take place 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.
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 this month.
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.
Source: Måns Zelmerlöw
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.