The United Kingdom are of of the most successful countries in the Eurovision Song Contest. They have managed to rack up an impressive five wins including Sandy Shaw (1967), Lulu (1969), Brotherhood of Mann (1976), Buck’s Fizz (1981) and most recently in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves. What’s even more impressive is that they have a whopping fifteen second places from acts ranging from Cliff Richard and Matt Monro to Imaani and Sonia. As of late their track record has been less impressive, only cracking the top ten once on their last thirteen attempts. This has led the BBC to rethink their selection process in 2016…
The UK’s Eurovision act for 2016 will be decided by the British public on 26 February when six shortlisted acts will perform on BBC Four the songs they hope will see them through to the Eurovision stage in Stockholm.
This is a change from the past six years where the act and song were both picked internally by the BBC including big names like Bonnie Tyler, Englebert Humperdink and boyband Blue. The show called ‘You Decide’ will be hosted by Great British Bake Off host Mel Giedroyc who is very excited at the prospect being a huge Eurovision fan herself.
The six acts and songs were revealed for the first time on 22nd February on the BBC Radio Two show hosted by Ken Bruce from 10am:
Bianca “Shine a Little Light”
Darline “Until Tomorrow”
Dulcima “When You Go”
Joe & Jake “You’re Not Alone”
Karl William Lund “Miracle”
Matthew James “A Better Man”