#UK: Details revealed of Eurovision Your Decision 2018
The UK’s broadcaster, the BBC, has today revealed that it is again going down the route of a national final, and this will happen on Wednesday 7 February 2018 on BBC2. It’s not coming from London, but this year has gone on the road to the seaside resort of Brighton. And where in Brighton? Only The Dome!
The Dome? But isn’t that where a certain popular beat combo from Sweden won in 1974? If you thought that, you’d be right of course. And to keep with the Swedish theme, the BBC has enlisted the help of Måns Zelmerlöw. He’ll be co-presenting with the evergreen Mel Giedroyc.
The format for the show will be the same as in 2017. Six acts will compete, and the winner will be chosen by a combination of televoting, online voting, and a professional jury. Here’s Lucie Jones with her performance at Eurovision Your Decision 2017.
As mentioned above, The Dome was the venue of ABBA’s win in 1974. We can wonder what the set will look like, but I suspect it’s unlikely to include the plush yellow carpet and glittery curtains. Here’s a reminder of what it looked like for one evening in 1974.
Will you be watching the show on TV next February? Or do you hope to be in the audience? Who would you like to see on the expert jury? And do you think the BBC is right to use this format, especially on a Wednesday night? Tell us what you think?
At Eurovision Ireland, we’d like to see some of this Swedish luck rub on the UK, and we wish the BBC the best of luck in February.
The UK has won the Eurovision Song Contest on five occasions, most recently in Dublin in 1997. In Kyiv, Lucie Jones finished 15th out of 26 songs.
Author: John Stanton
Source: Eurovision Ireland, BBC