The spotlight’s on, the stage is set – Eurovision: You Decide is back

Date: 09.12.2016     Last updated: 09.12.2016 at 09.00
The countdown to find our next UK act is on!

BBC Two and BBC Music have today announced that Eurovision: You Decide, the national song selection show for the UK entry, will take place on Friday 27 January 2017 live from the world-famous Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

This year, for the first time, it will be broadcast live on BBC Two at 7.30pm with self-confessed Eurovision superfan, Mel Giedroyc, returning as presenter.

After a nationwide search, the 90-minute show will feature performances of six brand new songs. The performers will take to the stage with the hope of doing justice to the songs, and in a bid to impress both the viewers at home and a professional panel.

They will compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The winner will be revealed on the night after a live public vote.

A panel of three experts will be on hand to provide insight and their thoughts about the songs and the artists, and how they could translate to the big arena in Ukraine.

The six competing songs will be revealed on Monday 23 January on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2.

Presenter, Mel Giedroyc says: “I am positively giddy for Eurovision 2017 and chuffed that Eurovision: You Decide is back! I’ve been hearing great things about the standard of the songs this year and I just wish January would hurry up so that I can hear the songs and meet the performers! We’ve got an even bigger venue, exciting guest performers and a brilliant expert panel. It’s going to be great.”

Patrick Holland, Controller BBC Two said, “What a treat! We are delighted that Mel is bringing this evening of Eurovision joy to BBC Two.”

Tickets are on sale from 10am on Friday 9 December. The night will also feature performances from musical guests soon to be announced.

Also announced today, BBC Four will broadcast both semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May. The Grand Final itself will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 13 May 2017.


Notes to Editors

  • The BBC opened the submissions for public entries on the 6th October 2016, they are being carefully considered and shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision fan club (OGAE UK) members. At the same time, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, including BASCA members, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.
  • Eurovision: You Decide is a BBC Studios entertainment production. The Executive Producer is Guy Freeman and it is produced by Helen Riddell.
  • Created three years ago, BBC Music continues to bring music to its audiences through programming, partnerships and ground-breaking music initiatives, including BBC Music Awards on BBC One, the classical music initiative for schools Ten Pieces and BBC Music Day, bringing communities across the UK together through music.
  • The BBC broadcasts a huge range of music documentaries and specials across its channels, including: on BBC One last year’s Bafta-nominated Adele at the BBC and this November Bublé at the BBC; the BBC Music: My Generation season telling the story of popular music has been running across the year with Tom Jones: The Decade That Made Me, Keith Richards: The Origin Of The Species, Boy George: Save Me From Suburbia and Jazzie B’s 1980s: From Dole to Soul on BBC Two; the People’s History of Pop series, Billy Fury: The Sound Of Fury, The Story of Skinhead with Don Letts and Gary Numan: Android In La La Land on BBC Four. In September, BBC Four broadcast Keith Richards’ Lost Weekend featuring an in-depth interview with the legendary musician plus three nights of programming all hand-picked by him. Other stand-alone documentaries and series include Janis Joplin: Little Girl Blue, Music Moguls, Hip Hop World News, Part-Time Band, Sisters of Country, The Most Dangerous Band in the World: The Story of Guns N’ Roses, and The Girl From Ipanema: Brazil, Bossa Nova and The Beach.