The BBC has revealed their commentary team and spokesperson for the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.
Scott Mills will be joined by Rylan in the commentary booth for the semi-finals on BBC Four. Scott Mills has held his current role since 2011, while Rylan is a new addition to the line up, having been a judge at Eurovision: You Decide, the UK’s national selection process.
Graham Norton will return to the commentary booth in the final for the tenth time, having first taken the role in 2009. For radio listeners, Ken Bruce returns for his 31st Eurovision Song Contest on BBC Radio Two.
Having been dropped from her role as a commentator in the semi-finals Mel Geidroyc, will be revealing the results of the United Kingdom’s jury vote. Mel had been a commentator at the contest’s semi-finals since 2015 in Vienna, and a presenter of the national selection since its return in 2016.
SuRie will represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal in May. SuRie was selected after she won the United Kingdom’s national final show Eurovision: You Decide with her song “Storm”.
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, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their 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 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen. Last year the country found relative success in Kyiv, when Lucie Jones finished in 15th place with “Never Give Up On You”.