Eurovision: You Decide public vote show axed after BBC teams up with record label to find UK act

Eurovision: You Decide public vote show axed after BBC teams up with record label to find UK act

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EUROVISION: You Decide public vote show has been axed.

Instead the BBC are teaming up with a record label to find the UK act for the 2020 competition.

Eurovision: You Decide has been axed after the UK came last in the song contest last year (Michael Rice seen performing)
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The BBC has opted to end the show, which was hosted by Mel Giedroyc and previous Eurovision winner Mans Zelmerlow.

You Decide has run since 2016 and gave fans the chance to vote for their favourite act to sing for Great Britain.

Instead now the UK’s entrant into the 2020 competition in Rotterdam will be chosen by the BBC and a record label rather than a voting public.

BBC Studios are teaming up with record label BMG in a bid to improve the UK’s chances in the competition.

The show will be back next year
EPA

The decision was brought about after UK singer Michael Rice finished in last place – despite putting in a an amazing performance.

BBC Studios decided to collaborate with BMG after approaching a number of industry experts.

Talking about its decision the BBC said: [BMG shares its] vision of selecting a sing with broad international appeal and securing an artist who embodies the spirit and values of the Eurovision Song Contest.”

Mel Balac, Creative Director at BBC Studios, said the move represents a “turning point for the UK at Eurovision.”

Mel Giedroyc, left and Mans Zelmerlow, right will present Eurovision: You Decide
Mel Giedroyc, left and Mans Zelmerlow used to present Eurovision: You Decide
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Mel added: “We very much hope this marks the start of an exciting new chapter.”

Kate Phillips, the BBC’s Controller of Entertainment Commissioner, announced: “Our commitment to finding the right song has never been higher and this collaboration with BMG, who have access to world class songwriters, is a genuinely exciting prospect and I am certain that together we can find the best song and artist possible for 2020.”

The UK’s has had a rough time on Eurovision for over 20 years and hasn’t won since 1997.


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