BBC announces Eurovision 2021 Line up
The BBC have revealed the full line-up of who will be joining Graham Norton for this year’s Eurovision.
Actress and singer, Amanda Holden will be the UK’s Spokesperson, where she will be delivering the results of the UK jury vote live from London. Amanda follows in the footsteps of a number of UK stars including Nigella Lawson, Mel Giedroyc and Richard Osman, aswell as UK Eurovision royalty Cheryl Baker and Katrina Leskanich from Katrina & The Waves.
Aswell as Amanda, singer, songwriter and presenter Chelcee Grimes will also be joining the UK’s Eurovision Team as co commentator of this year’s Semi finals alongside Rylan Clark-Neal and Scott Mills live on the UK channel BBC Four. Presenting live from London, the trio will oversee proceedings as 33 countries compete for their place in the Grand Final. The semi-finals will air on the 18th and 20th May on BBC Four, with UK viewers able to
vote in the second semi-final on the 20th May.
Graham Norton will return for the Grand Final on BBC One, where he will be commentating live from Rotterdam, whilst Ken Bruce will continue his long-running coverage on BBC Radio 2.
I’m so excited for Eurovision to return, after the past year we’ve had it’s exactly the kind of joy the world needs. The UK have a great entry with James Newman and ‘Embers’, it’s a banger and represents everything that Eurovision is. It’s arguably the best night of the year and I can’t wait – bring it on!’
Ken Bruce said:
‘Radio 2 is getting right behind Eurovision 2021 with
shows galore to delight all the fans. We’re all so delighted the
competition is back this year. On the night I’ll be presenting the live
show from my hot seat at Wogan House – bringing listeners all the
entries, all the drama and, of course, the ultimate winner! Will it be
the UK’s year to finally win again? I can’t wait to find out!’
Commenting on her new role as co-commentator for this year’s Semi finals, Chelcee Grimes said:
‘I am super excited to be joining the Eurovision
family, I can’t wait to host the semi-finals alongside Scott and Rylan,
it’s going to be awesome. I have always been a fan of Eurovision, and I
can’t wait to be a part of it. I’m looking forward to seeing all the
weird and wonderful performances, as well as cheering on my mate James
who is waving the flag for the UK! James and I have written together for
a previous Eurovision winner and we’ve also penned some songs for the
Romanian entrant so he is the best person for the job. JAMES TO WIN!’
‘Ready Steady Eurovision’
Today also marks the launch of one of the BBC’s social videos, called ‘Ready, Steady Eurovision’, featuring Rylan Clark-Neal, James Newman and TV icon, Rustie Lee. Rylan talks through his favourite Eurovision performances, whilst Rustie cooks up some classic Dutch dishes.
‘Eurovision and Chill’
Aswell as ‘Ready Steady Eurovision’ The BBC will be releasing another series later this month called ‘Eurovision and Chill’. The series will see singer Lady Leshurr and TV presenter and Barrister Rob Rinder watch some of this years entries and give their opinions. These will be available via the BBC’s Eurovision Social media pages on Twitter (@bbceurovision) Instagram (bbceurovision) and Facebook (BBC Eurovision).
You can see our interview with this year’s entrant for the UK James Newman:
Are you looking forward to seeing Amanda Holden as this year’s UK spokesperson? How do you feel about Chelcee Grimes joining as co commentator this year? Let us know in the comments section below!