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BBC to make performers fight to the death over Eurovision songs

By | Published on Monday 3 December 2018

Eurovision Song Contest

Good news! The BBC’s programme to decide who represents the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest is being made even more stupid and confusing. There will still be six contestants, but there will only be three songs between them.

Each song will be given to two singers, who will then perform it in a different style. So the public will not only have to decide which artist is the least embarrassing, but also which song and which version of it they dislike the least.

Have we not yet learned that asking the public to make any Europe-related decisions is a terrible idea and making it more complicated isn’t going to help anyone? Let’s just revoke Article 50 and focus on repairing all the damage the last two and a half years have already done. Oh wait, sorry, that’s something else.

Attempting to explain the new Eurovision plan, Mel Balac, Creative Director Of Entertainment at BBC Studios, says: “This year the three songs presented to the United Kingdom have been selected with the help of an international jury. Our exciting ‘euro-version’ format will give fans the chance to compare and contrast these fantastic songs in a fresh, new way and deliver the United Kingdom the artist it deserves to fly the flag out in Tel Aviv in May”.

Nope. Still confused. Giving it another go, Kate Phillips, the BBC’s Controller Of Entertainment Commissioning, adds: “Next year it’s all about the song-off as we once again try to marry a great singer with a great song, one which could finally get us on the left hand side of the leader board. We may be leaving the EU but we are still determined to win Eurovision again one day!”

Due to be broadcast in February, ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ will this year come from MediaCity in Salford. It will be presented by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw.