The BBC have confirmed that the UK’s national final for Eurovision 2019 will take place on Friday 8th February. The show will be broadcast live from 7.30pm to 9pm on BBC TWO.
Tickets for Eurovision: You Decide 2019 are now available and fans can apply via the BBC Eurovision website.
As last year, the show will be hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw. However, this year there is a change of location and a change of format.
The event will be broadcast from Media City UK in Salford. In the new format, three songs will be performed in the competition by six artists. Each song will be performed by two different artists, who will compete against each other in a sing-off. After the three sing-offs are completed, the three remaining combinations of artist and song will be voted on again. The winner of this vote will represent the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel. The winner will be determined by a celebrity panel and viewers at home.
We recently reported that two of the competing songs have already been determined by the BBC. Various rumours have already been circulating regarding the competition. The former N-Dubz singer and X-Factor UK judge Tulisa, has denied that she is participating.
The winner will follow SuRie who represented the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, where she placed 24th in the Final with her song “Storm”. The song entered the Official Singles Charts in the UK at No.50, becoming the highest charting entry in the nation in four years.
United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest
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.