Voting - Eurovision: You Decide
Eurovision: You Decide is the chance for the Nation to pick our Eurovision UK act for 2018. The show will broadcast live from the historic Brighton Dome on Wednesday the 7th of February and hosted by Mel Giedroyc and former winner Måns Zelmerlöw. Six acts will compete for the chance to represent the UK in Lisbon. After each act has performed a public vote will open. Details of how to vote are below.
Where to vote online
When the vote is open, head over to the Whistle Test homepage. You’ll find the vote at the top of the page. But remember, the page you’re currently reading just provides the instructions – it’s not the voting page and you cannot vote from here.
1. Get Ready To Vote
Before you can vote, you need to be signed in with your BBC account.
Already have a BBC account?
You can sign-in any time at bbc.com/signin.
Don’t have an account?
You can register at any time at bbc.com/register
- You only need to register once and you will stay signed in on the device you registered with unless you choose to sign out.
- Make sure you’re registered, signed-in and ready in plenty of time before the vote opens as you don’t have long to vote.
When the vote is open, it will appear at the top of the Whistle Test homepage. If you can’t see it, try refreshing the page.
You can then select your favourite act by clicking the small circular button next to their names.
3. Click 'Vote Now'
Once you’ve made your mind up, simply click ‘Vote Now’ and your vote will be submitted. Remember you can only vote once online so choose your act carefully.
The aim of Eurovision: You Decide is to choose the UK’s entry for the Eurovision Song Contest Final. As one of the "Big 5" countries taking part in the Eurovision Song Contest, the UK is not required to compete in the Semi-Finals and so we feel it is extremely important for our national selection process to put potential songs and performers through a rigorous test that is as close to elements of the ESC Final as possible. Those elements include:
· live vocal performance, in front of a live audience, on live TV
· performance in a large venue
· ability to impress public voters
· ability to impress professional jurors
Following the introduction of a revised scoring system in the ESC Final in 2016, the importance of an entry being able to impress both the voting public AND expert juries has become more explicit and by using both in our national selection we are recognising that fact.
Our public vote and our jury vote both take place immediately after all 6 songs have been performed in the live TV show and we do not reveal the result of the jury vote prior to the public vote, or vice versa. It is important that neither vote influences the other - just as in the ESC.
Once both votes are complete and verified, they will each reveal a ranking of the 6 songs from 1st to 6th. The rankings will then be used to award points from 6 (1st position) to 1 (6th position) for each vote.
The points each song has been awarded by both votes are then added together. The song with the highest combined total of points will be declared the winner. In the event of a tie break for first position, the song which received more points in the public vote will be declared the winner.
As happened with the ESC Final in 2016, a win of only the jury vote or only the public vote doesn't guarantee an overall win. The song that will win, is the one that performs best across BOTH the public and jury vote, so the artists need to impress both the jury AND the public as their votes have equal weighting – apart from the tie-break situation where the public vote is the decider.
Our Judges in 2018 are...
Caroline Sullivan - Music Journalist, The Guardian
Roisin O'Connor - Music Correspondent, The Independent
Steve Tandy - Regional Radio Promoter
Sara Sesardic -Music Editor at Spotify
Alastair Webber - A&R Manager
Marco Sensi -Music Editor, MTV Music
(Head Judge) David Grant -Vocal Coach
Kele Le Roc -Artist, writer and creative