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Live Reporting

By Emma Sanders

All times stated are UK

  1. Post update

    The sports stars have been rolling in. Ben Stokes, Dina Asher-Smith, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Alun Wyn Jones, Sky Brown, Paul Gascoigne, Jenny Jones, Eoin Morgan and Baroness Grey-Thompson are just a few of the big names.

    I'll start dropping in all their thoughts from the red carpet now.

  2. Get Involved

    #SPOTY

    Spoty

    Colin Clark: Made it to #SPOTY in Aberdeen!

  3. Register to vote

    Before you do anything else, make sure you're in a position to vote later in the show. You need to register for a BBC account beforehand if you haven't already got one.

    Follow this link here to register. It only takes a few minutes.

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  4. Around the nations

    Frank Keogh

    BBC Sport at the P&J Live Arena

    Zara Phillips with Beth Tweddle and Darren Clarke
    Image caption: Zara Phillips, pictured with 2006 runner-up Darren Clarke and third-placed Beth Tweddle, was the last woman to be voted Sports Personality of the Year

    A testament to the diversity of British sporting success is the curious fact that since event rider Zara Phillips lifted the Sports Personality trophy in 2006, only one winner (Lewis Hamilton, 2014) was born in England.

    • Scotland (4): Sir Chris Hoy 2008, Sir Andy Murray 2013, 2015, 2016
    • Wales (3): Joe Calzaghe 2007, Ryan Giggs 2009, Geraint Thomas 2018
    • Northern Ireland: Sir AP McCoy 2010
    • Isle of Man: Mark Cavendish 2011
    • Belgium: Sir Bradley Wiggins 2012
    • Somalia: Sir Mo Farah 2017
  5. This decade's winners

    We've had some pretty awesome winners in the last decade. Cyclists, athletes, tennis players, Formula 1 drivers, jockeys and footballers - the whole lot.

    Welsh cyclist Geraint Thomas was crowned last year's SPOTY and British tennis legend Sir Andy Murray has picked up three of the last six awards.

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    Matthew Henry

    BBC Sport at the P&J Live Arena

    Welcome to Aberdeen. Time for some final preparations before the crowds come in.

    The P&J Live Arena in Aberdeen ahead of BBC Sports Personality of the Year
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    BBC One

    The fun is already under way with the red carpet shows on Twitter and the BBC Red Button. We'll bring you some of the highlights of what has happened so far - from outfits, skateboarding tricks and the thoughts of those in attendance.

    But the real business kicks off from 19:00 GMT with the main show on BBC One. It's also available online, so just stay in this page and click on the icon at the top if you can't get to a TV screen.

    There will be live reaction following the ceremony in the After Show from 21:00 GMT on the BBC Red Button, BBC Scotland and the website, as guests join Amy Irons and Des Clarke for an hour.

    I CAN'T WAIT.

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    So here’s what awards will be handed out tonight. Two have already been announced but we will hear from the winners.

    • Sports Personality of the Year
    • Greatest Sporting Moment
    • World Sport Star of the Year - Eliud Kipchoge
    • Helen Rollason Award - Doddie Weir
    • Unsung Hero
    • Coach of the Year
    • Team of the Year
    • Lifetime Achievement Award

    The winner of the Young Sports Personality of the Year has already been announced too. That went to 18-year-old boxer Caroline Dubois, who claimed gold at the European Youth Championships in Bulgaria for the fourth successive time.

    Eliud Kipchoge has been voted Overseas Sport Star of the Year
    Image caption: Eliud Kipchoge has been voted Overseas Sport Star of the Year
  9. SPOTY 2019 is here!

    Blood, sweat, tears. It’s been another phenomenal year of sport and tonight we will celebrate the best of the best.

    Your 2019 Sports Personality of the Year will be crowned, along with seven other award winners from categories including Team of the Year, World Sport Star of the Year and the Unsung Hero award.

    But which of these six sportsmen and women below will follow in the footsteps of last year’s winner Geraint Thomas?

    We’ll find out soon enough…

    From left to right, Dina Asher-Smith, Lewis Hamilton, Katarina Johnson-Thompson, Alun Wyn Jones, Raheem Sterling and Ben Stokes
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    Hello! It's SPOTY night! Hope you're all as excited as we are...

    We're kicking off our live text coverage from 18:00 GMT but the fun has already started in Aberdeen.

    You can watch the red carpet arrivals by clicking the icon at the top of this page or by heading to the BBC Red Button channel. That's live NOW.

    There's also a live red carpet show on our Twitter feed. Just follow @bbcsport and join hosts Reece Parkinson and Chelcee Grimes from 17:15 GMT.

    Make sure you're following @bbcsport on Instagram and Facebook too for more behind-the-scenes action.

    If you're twiddling your thumbs in excitement, have a go at this quiz on previous top threes at SPOTY.

    And here's all the details you need on how to vote when it opens later during the main show. You need to register for a BBC account beforehand if you haven't already got one.

    Follow this link here to register. It only takes a few minutes.

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