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As British politicians debate the country’s future relationship with the EU, another vital question about the UK’s role in Europe is being addressed – how it chooses a Eurovision entrant. The BBC has announced it will overhaul the selection process for next year. Three songs will each be performed in two different styles by two different artists, with one act from each pair going through to a final public vote. Last year, SuRie came 24th out of 26 and had to deal with a stage invader. She had been chosen to represent the UK via a combined public and jury vote. This time, an international jury will choose the three songs and then give viewers a choice of different ways they could be performed, before the vote to pick the winner. Eurovision: You Decide will be screened in February on BBC Two, live from Salford, hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw, who won the contest for Sweden in 2015. The eventual victor will represent their nation in the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Tel Aviv, Israel, on 18 May. Netta won the event this year for Israel. Eurovision: You Decide’s executive producer Mel Balac said: “Our exciting ‘euro-version’ format will give fans the chance to compare and contrast these fantastic songs in a fresh, new way and deliver the United Kingdom the artist it deserves to fly the flag out in Tel Aviv.”
POSTED: 30/11/18 – Source: BBC News Online

The 64th Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place at the Expo Tel Aviv (International Convention Center) in Israel on Tuesday 14, Thursday 16 and Saturday 18 May 2019. The decision was taken by the Eurovision Song Contest Reference Group (the board for the contest) after Israeli public broadcaster KAN were asked to present at least two potential candidate cities. In addition, the dates for the 2019 contest have also been revealed. The Semi-Finals will take place in Tel Aviv on the 14th and 16th of May and the Grand Final will take place on 18th May.
POSTED: 13/09/18 – Source:

Wolf Alice, Brian Eno, The Knife and Eurovision finalists including the 1994 winner are calling for a boycott of the 2019 contest if it is held in Israel. Israel is expected to host the competition next May following Netta Barzilai’s victory this year. But in an open letter to The Guardian a host of artists, including 1994 winner for Ireland, Charlie McGettigan, are calling for a boycott stating: “Until Palestinians can enjoy freedom, justice and equal rights to all humans, there should be no business-as-usual with the state that is denying them their basic rights.”
Among the signatories, are Crowded House’s Nick Seymour, Olof Dreijer and Karin Dreijer, formerly of The Knife, film directors Alain Guiraudie, winner of best director at Cannes 2013, Ken Loach, Mike Leigh, Eyal Sivan and Aki Kaurismäki, Icelandic Eurovision national selection 2017 finalists Daði Freyr and Hildur Kristín Stefánsdóttir, and Norwegian musician Moddi. The letter concludes: “We understand that the European Broadcasting Union is demanding that Israel finds a ‘non-divisive’ location for the 2019 Eurovision. It should cancel Israel’s hosting of the contest altogether and move it to another country with a better human rights record. “Injustice divides while the pursuit of dignity and human rights unites.” The Palestinian Campaign for the Academic and Cultural Boycott of Israel, added: “Eurovision organisers have demanded that Israel respect freedom of expression and movement as a condition of hosting the contest. “Senior Israeli ministers have outright rejected this, insisting on enforcing Israel’s repressive, anti-democratic legislation. Eurovision organisers should heed the calls of Eurovision finalists (including one winner), presenters, commentators and judges, as well as the wider community of artists, and move the contest from Israel altogether.”
POSTED: 07/09/18 – Source:

The Israeli embassy in the Netherlands has lodged a complaint over a parody of Israel’s Eurovision winner that criticised Israeli policies and prompted accusations of anti-Semitism. The skit on Netta Barzilai’s Toy was broadcast on Saturday during a primetime satirical show. The parody drew on violence on the Gaza border, where 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. The show’s producers insist the song did not target the Jewish community.
POSTED: 22/05/18 – Source: BBC News Online

The man who invaded the stage during the UK’s performance at the Eurovision Song Contest has been released on bail. SuRie was performing her song Storm when a man ran on stage and snatched the microphone from her during the live broadcast from Lisbon on Saturday. A statement from the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) said “charges are pending the result of an ongoing police inquiry”. The statement added the EBU’s own investigation is ongoing. The organisation had previously confirmed the intruder – who had shouted “we demand freedom” while on the stage – had been taken into police custody for questioning.
POSTED: 15/05/18 – Source: BBC News Online

SuRie has revealed she has some bruises on her hands after a man invaded the stage during her Eurovision performance on Saturday. The man grabbed the microphone while the singer, representing the UK in the contest, was performing Storm. SuRie told ITV’s This Morning: “There’s a couple of bruises from where I was holding the mic. But I’m OK.” She said she was also hurt on her shoulder from where the man had barged into her. “There wasn’t any time to feel fear,” she said. “He was suddenly there, security were on him as quick as he was on me, he got the mic for a few seconds, that was out of my hands, but the song was still going. “The backing vocalists were still singing, the crowd was still chanting, so I just turned upstage for a moment but I was still clapping and cheering with the crowd, I just didn’t have the mic. “I turned back and saw the mic on the floor, and I thought, ‘well that’s mine’, I’ll finish this song.” The singer was offered the chance to perform the song again, but declined after discussing it with her team. “We had that conversation, but I was really proud of that performance,” she explained. “And you work up to that moment. “You don’t get to do the 100m sprint at the Olympics again because your shoelace is untied or something. You had that one shot and that was my moment, and we didn’t need to repeat that. “We had those conversations backstage, I saw the reaction and faces of my team, who were very proud of the recovery and the power of that, and we didn’t need to go again.”
POSTED: 14/05/18 – Source: BBC News Online

The Eurovision Song Contest stage invader gained access to the stage by climbing into a camera run and going over a bridge, organisers have said. The man interrupted the UK’s singer SuRie, who finished third from bottom at the event in Lisbon on Saturday. The European Broadcasting Union said an internal investigation was under way. The EBU said he was pursued by security over the bridge, adding: “He was removed off stage after seven seconds and is being questioned by police.” The statement continued: “We take security very seriously and an investigation into what happened is already under way.”
POSTED: 13/05/18 – Source: BBC News Online

Eurovision Final: Netta wins for Israel with Toy
Israel’s Netta has won the Eurovision Song Contest for her quirky dance song Toy – complete with its trademark chicken dance. She had been an early favourite, but the vote went down to the wire with Cyprus finishing in second place. Netta thanked juries and the public for “choosing different” as she lifted the glass microphone trophy. UK entrant SuRie, whose performance was interrupted by a stage invader, finished 24th out of the 26 countries. She was part-way through singing Storm when a man, with a rucksack on his back, ran on and grabbed the microphone from her hands. She was given the chance to perform again but declined. SuRie later tweeted that she knew “anything could happen” on stage. Netta – full name Netta Barzilai – picked up a total of 529 points to take the title, while bookies’ favourite Eleni Foureira from Cyprus got 436 points, with Fuego. Austria had topped the leaderboard of the 63rd annual contest after the juries’ votes had been given, with Cesar Sampson’s Nobody But You the surprise frontrunner. But it became clear it was between Netta and Eleni when the viewers’ votes started coming in.
POSTED: 13/05/18 – Source: BBC News Online

Australia, Denmark and Hungary are among the countries to have qualified in the second Eurovision semi-final. The event was held in Lisbon and also saw Norway’s Alexander Rybak – who won the competition in 2009 – go through. Russia, however, did not qualify – which came as something of a shock – since the country has made it through to every final since 1998 (although they did not participate last year). Poland was also eliminated – although their song Light Me Up was well-liked. The UK automatically qualifies for Saturday’s grand final.
The acts making it through the second semi-final were:
The Netherlands
POSTED: 10/05/18 – Source: BBC News Online

Ireland will take part in the Eurovision Song Contest final for the first time since 2013 after making it through the first semi-final in Lisbon. Israel, Cyprus and Finland – featuring former X Factor semi-finalist Saara Aalto – were among the other nine countries who progressed. But Greece and Belgium, who had been tipped to qualify for Saturday’s main event, failed to make it through. A further 18 countries will take part in the second semi-final on Thursday.
The acts making it through the first semi-final were:
Czech Republic
POSTED: 09/05/18 – Source: BBC News Online

Some Eurovision fans are finding the list of items banned from the contest this year “hilarious”. Shopping trolleys, ladders, extension leads and golf balls are included on the list of prohibited items. The singing contest is being held in Lisbon, Portugal, for the very first time – with final taking place on 12 May. On the official Eurovision Song Contest website it states that the items will be confiscated for security reasons. On the list are items you’d expect to be banned like explosives, toxic substances and drugs. Then there’s the more unusual things such as ropes, umbrellas and adhesive tape. Luckily, flags are not on the list. See the full list here.
POSTED: 25/04/18 – Source: BBC News Online

The first person to win the Eurovision Song Contest, Lys Assia, has died at the age of 94, competition organisers have announced. She took the prize for Switzerland in 1956, with the song Refrain, and went on to perform in two more contests.
Lys Assia died on Saturday at the Zollikerberg Hospital in Zurich. Eurovision described her as the “first lady” of the competition, and said it planned further tributes to her in the coming days.
POSTED: 25/03/18 – Source: BBC News Online

Ed Sheeran has said he would be up for writing a Eurovision entry for the United Kingdom – but wouldn’t want to perform it himself. The superstar is one of Britain’s biggest pop exports of recent years. Meanwhile, the UK hasn’t won Eurovision since 1997. “I would love to write a Eurovision song,” he said. “I don’t know that I’d ever enter it singing it. But I don’t think the rest of Europe wants England to win because of history and stuff.” He didn’t expand on what “stuff” he was referring to, but presumably it might involve Brexit. Sheeran’s latest album ÷ (Divide) was a major hit around the world and was the best-selling album of 2017 in countries including Denmark, France, Italy, Norway, Sweden and Switzerland.
POSTED: 21/02/18 – Source: BBC News Online

Royal Academy of Music graduate SuRie will represent the UK at Eurovision 2018 with her track Storm. SuRie – real name Susanna – was announced as the winner of Eurovision You Decide after a live ceremony in Brighton, broadcast on BBC Two. She was chosen via a combined public and jury vote, and said she would celebrate with “a bottle of something bubbly and a straw”. This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Lisbon in May. Click here to learn more about SuRie or click here to hear the song.
POSTED: 07/02/18 – Source: BBC News Online

The six acts and songs that will battle for the honour of representing the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal have been unveiled. They include two former contestants on The Voice UK, a 16-year-old Britain’s Got Talent finalist and a two-time Eurovision backing singer. All will perform live on 7 February in Eurovision: You Decide, where one will be chosen to compete in Lisbon in May.
This year’s hopefuls are…
Goldstone- I Feel The Love
Asanda- Legends
RAYA- Crazy
Liam Tamne- Astronaut
Jaz Ellington- You
SuRie- Storm
POSTED: 24/01/18 – Source: BBC News Online

2017 Eurovision winner Salvador Sobral has said he’s already planning a new album less than a month after undergoing a heart transplant. The singer’s success was rewarded with a European Border Breaker Award last night, as recognition for the international nature of his success, but he is not expected to make the ceremony in person. “I feel better every day, but I have to keep in mind that an operation like this takes a long time to recover from,” Sobral told Euronews. “Otherwise I feel super motivated for what the future will bring, I’m already thinking about a new album and I can’t wait to get back on stage.”
POSTED: 18/01/18 – Source:

2018 Scoreboard


2018 Winner – Israel – Netta – Toy

2018 UK Eurovision Entry – SuRie – Storm

You Decide


Congratulations to SuRie, who will be representing the UK on the Eurovision stage in Portugal! Her winning song, ‘Storm’, impressed our jury and viewers the most in Eurovision You Decide. Rylan from our panel said: “You have come out here tonight and absolutely smashed it. It’s got the message… it was amazing, I think you are outstanding!” Responding to the audience’s reaction in the Brighton Dome, Rochelle Humes said: “This room doesn’t lie and they absolutely loved it.”
POSTED: 07/02/18 – Source: BBC Eurovision

The six acts and songs that will battle for the honour of representing the UK at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest in Portugal have been unveiled. They include two former contestants on The Voice UK, a 16-year-old Britain’s Got Talent finalist and a two-time Eurovision backing singer. All will perform live on 7 February in Eurovision: You Decide, where one will be chosen to compete in Lisbon in May. Listen to all of the songs here.
This year’s hopefuls are…
Goldstone- I Feel The Love
A girl group who formed in 2013 and are made up of Aimie Atkinson, Helen Wint and Rhiannon Porter.
Asanda- Legends
Surname Jezile – is a 16-year-old schoolgirl who made the final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2013 when she was just 11.
RAYA- Crazy
A singer, dancer and DJ who has danced for Little Mix and appeared in Mr Selfridge.
Liam Tamne- Astronaut
Coventry-born and has a background in musical theatre, having appeared in Hairspray, Wicked and The Phantom of the Opera.
Jaz Ellington- You
Another veteran of The Voice whose performance of John Legend’s Ordinary People helped take him to the semi-finals of the show’s first series in 2012.
SuRie- Storm
Royal Academy of Music graduate – real name Susanna – started writing songs when she was 12 and has twice been a backing singer at previous Eurovisions.
POSTED: 24/01/18 – Source: BBC News Online

BBC Two, BBC Studios and BBC Music are pleased to announce that Eurovision: You Decide, the national song selection show for the UK entry, will take place on Wednesday 7 February 2018, live from the world-famous Brighton Dome, the site of ABBA’s 1974 Eurovision Song Contest win with ‘Waterloo’. AND drumroll… joining our BBC Eurovision family is 2015 Eurovision Song Contest winner Måns Zelmerlöw! Who will co-hostalongside self-confessed Eurovision superfan, Mel Giedroyc, who returns to host the proceedings.
POSTED: 16/11/17 – Source: BBC Eurovision