True to form, the BBC have been quite quiet in regards to their Eurovision plans for 2020. They had announced a few months back that they had scrapped the selection show ‘You Decide’ which had been their method for the past four years. Instead they would be working closely with record label BMG to select one of the singers on their roster to represent them. Today it leaked that that that person would be James Newman.
During the festive season, the BBC aired an episode of long running faith based show Songs of Praise from Belfast’s Assembly Hall. Hosted by Claire McCollum, the Big Sing featured songs from the Priests, Margaret Keys and 1970 Eurovision winner Dana.
Michael Rice will captain the UK’s ship at Eurovision 2019. Find out more about the singer with our 10 Things About…Michael Rice!
The BBC has announced today the artists and songs that will take part in its Eurovision 2019 selection show ‘Eurovision: You Decide’, when it returns to our screens on 8 February. The show will once again be hosted by the brilliant pairing of Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw. It will move from last year’s location (Brighton’s Dome) to Salford’s Media City (outside Manchester) in 2019. Read on to find out who is taking part!
The BBC has announced today that it will shake things up for their Eurovision selection process ‘Eurovision: You Decide’, when it returns to our screens in February 2019. While a final date, competing artists and song titles haven’t been confirmed, the show will once again be hosted by the brilliant pairing of Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw. It will move from last year’s location (Brighton’s Dome) to Salford’s Media City (outside Manchester) in 2019.
Lee Ryan is set to follow in the footsteps of his fellow band mate Simon Webbe when he participates in the 16th series of BBC ballroom dancing competition Strictly Come Dancing this September. The official announcement came on today’s episode of Loose Women.
There has been pressure for a number of European nations to withdraw from next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, scheduled to be hosted by Israel in May 2019. After Israeli singer Netta Barzilai won the Contest in Lisbon last week for her song ‘Toy’, she announced ‘Next Year in Jerusalem!’. Although there has yet to be any official announcement from the national broadcaster IPBC or the EBU, many sources point towards Jerusalem as the host city for 2019. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has expressed his interest in Jerusalem hosting the Contest and the other main rival city Tel Aviv have stated they have no interest in putting a bid in.
The news is not welcomed by all, and some politicians, political groups and other individuals have expressed their disgust at the recent and historic violence that the Israeli state has carried out on the Palestinian people on the Gaza Strip. In the wake of the Eurovision result, there has been widespread attacks on Palestinians following the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Among those expressing that their nation should boycott the Contest in 2019 in protest are former winner Charlie McGettigan (Ireland) and a petition started by an Icelandic native has garnered almost 20,000 signatures.
Former Girls Aloud singer Nadine Coyle discussed her plans for her future career in an interview with BBC Radio Ulster Talkback host William Crawley earlier this afternoon. Nadine and Eurovision fans won’t be happy as the singer doesn’t seem to have any ambitions to appear in the Contest any time soon. In fact when asked directly about Eurovision she asked ‘Is it still going?’.
The BBC had a big Eurovision announcement to make this morning. Their Eurovision selection show You Decide will return again in 2018.