The BBC, UK’s national broadcaster, has confirmed that they will once again use “Eurovision: You Decide” as their selection for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, however there is a change in the format of next year’s competition.
Mel Gyedroic and Mans Zelmerlow are once again going to host “Eurovision: You Decide”, which is going to take place in February in Salford (the exact date is yet to be announced). As it was the case in the previous years as well, a total of six acts are going to be competing to represent the United Kingdom in Eurovision 2019, however – there will only be three songs to choose from!
Each of the three songs will be performed in two musically different ways, by two different acts. There will be three rounds of ‘song-offs’, with six acts performing in total. Mel Balac, Creative Director for Entertainment BBC Studios and Executive Producer of Eurovision: You Decide stated:
This year the three songs presented to the United Kingdom have been selected with the help of an international jury. 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 in May.
Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning at the BBC added:
Forget about a sing-off, next year it’s all about the song-off as we once again try to marry a great singer with a great song, one which could finally get us on the left hand side of the leader board. We may be leaving the EU but we are still determined to win Eurovision again one day!
SuRie won this year’s edition of Eurovision: You Decide with “Storm” and went on to represent the United Kingdom in Lisbon. She finished in 24th place.