The Eurovision Dance Contest glides into Glasgow
Take your partners by the hand for the second Eurovision Dance
Contest presented by Graham Norton and Claudia Winkleman on BBC
One on Saturday 6 September, coming from the fabulous European
city of Glasgow.
BBC Scotland will be the host broadcaster for the event in the
Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre (SECC).
all over Europe will be the judges for the spectacular
competition, featuring dancing couples from 15 countries across
Europe, including Austria, Azerbaijan, Denmark, Finland, Greece,
Ireland, Lithuania, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Spain,
Sweden, Ukraine and, of course, the UK.
This glitzy and glamorous 135-minute special will be a major BBC
One Saturday night event and will see couples made up of one
professional and one celebrity compete for the international
They will perform one dance – a Freestyle dance with a national
flavour which may include elements of the traditional Latin and
Like the Eurovision Song Contest, the show will be live and
unpredictable, with a scoreboard updating the audience and
competitors on who is heading for the top spot.
Viewers will be asked to vote on the overall performance:
dancing, choreography, costume and choice of music, with Strictly
Come Dancing's Len Goodman and Craig Revell Horwood commentating
on performances and artistic content.
Elaine Bedell, Controller, Entertainment Commissioning, BBC, said: "This will be an evening of extraordinary dance performance
fusing the popularity of Strictly Come Dancing with the scale of
Eurovision Song Contest.
"It will be a great event in the great
city of Glasgow."
Eurovision Dance Contest is a co-production between Splash Media and Sunset + Vine with assistance from the International
DanceSport Federation and in association with the European
Broadcasting Union (EBU).
While working in BBC Entertainment, Jane
Lush and Fenia Vardanis of Splash Media were the two main
creators of the BBC's highly successful format Strictly Come
Dancing; Sunset + Vine is the UK's leading independent sports
production company specialising in live events.
Contest is commissioned by Elaine Bedell, BBC Controller
Jane Lush said: "Take a ringside seat and watch the spectacle of
Graham and Claudia crown the Dancing Queen and King of Europe."
Fenia Vardanis said: "Another chance in the TV calendar for a big
Eurovision knees-up – literally! Fake tans, fancy footwork and
score sheets at the ready!"
Notes to Editors
At present there is no more information available on the Eurovision
Press accreditation is not finalised as yet, and will not open
until nearer the time of broadcast.