Watch tonight: Decision time for the United Kingdom
Posted 26 Febuary, 2016, 3:00
Tonight at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, London, six hopefuls will take to the stage in a bid to become the United Kingdom entrant in the Grand Final of this year's Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, and you can watch Eurovision: You Decide from 20:30 CET on Eurovision.tv.
Television presenter, actress and comedienne Mel Giedroyc will be hosting the proceedings tonight, as she introduces the six songs that have made it through one of the biggest song searches the BBC has ever held to find its Eurovision entry.
Earlier this week, the six songs were unveiled on the Ken Bruce show on BBC Radio 2, and were also made available on the BBC Eurovision website.
In Eurovision: You Decide the United Kingdom public will 100% make the final decision with televoting and online voting. Please note that you will be unable to vote outside the United Kingdom (including the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man).
The six songs for Europe
You're Not Alone sung by Joe and Jake (Composed by Schwartz, Justin J Benson and S Kanes) (Listen here)
Shine A Little Light sung by Bianca (Composed by Ash Howes, Cass Lowe, Leona Lewis and Richard Stannard) (Listen here)
When You Go sung by Dulcima (Composed by Tomas Twyman) (Listen here)
A Better Man sung by Matthew James (Composed by Helienne Lindvall, Andrew Fromm and Peter Kvint) (Listen here)
Until Tomorrow sung by Darline (Composed by Roy Stride, Joshua Wilkinson, Duck Blackwell and Jack McManus) (Listen here)
Miracle sung by Karl William Lund (Composed by Karl William Lund) (Listen here)
Song 1: You’re Not Alone performed by Joe and Jake
Written by Justin J Benson, Schwartz and S.Kanes
Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft met during the 2015 series of The Voice UK. Jake was part of team Will.i.am but lost out at the Battle rounds, whereas Joe was a finalist for Rita Ora’s team. Jake aged 20 from Stoke-on-Trent can play guitar, whilst Joe aged 21 from Ruthin, Wales supported The Vamps on their 2015 tour.
Song 2: Shine a Light performed by Bianca Claxton
Written by Ash Howes, Cass Lowe, Leona Lewis, Richard Stannard
Bianca Claxton is a 25 year old singer from Nottingham who has previously had chart success with girl group Parade. A classically trained soprano and cellist, Bianca supported the likes of Shakira and The Black Eyed Peas on tour in the UK. She is a massive fan of Eurovision and it’s been her dream to represent the UK.
Song 3: When You Go performed by Dulcima and Tom
Written by Tomas Twyman
Dulcima Showan aged 23 met songwriter Tomas Twyman aged 27 when they were both busking together on the streets of Canterbury. Dulcima is a classical violinist who loves to play folk. They will both be performing the original song penned by Tom.
Song 4: A Better Man performed by Matthew James
Written by Andrew Fromm, Helienne Lindvall and Peter Kvint
Matthew James has previously had a brush with fame as part of nineties boyband Bad Boys Inc, and their hit single ‘More To This World’. Matthew now 44 lives in South London and has continued singing for the last 15 years with the band Madhen.
Song 5: Until Tomorrow performed by Darline
Written by Duck Blackwell, Jack McManus, Joshua Wilkinson, Roy Stride
Darline are a country pop duo - Abby Inez, 20 from Worcester and Càra Beth Beard, 18 from Hertfordshire. Both girls play guitar and have supported The Shires on their UK tour, performing two thousands of people every night. They cite Lady Antebellum, Carrie Underwood and Taylor Swift amongst their inspiration.
Song 6: Miracle performed by Karl William Lund
Written by Karl William Lund
Singer songwriter Karl, aged 29, is originally from Liverpool and began writing the song Miracle whilst working in Greece as part of a Beatles tribute act. He is self-taught at playing the guitar and his musical inspirations are Tori Amos, Prince, Kate Bush and Rufus Wainwright.
Although the UK public will decide the result, there will be an expert panel on hand to make their assessment on the six finalists. They are;
Carrie Grant: Vocal coach and television presenter. She was a member of the group Sweet Dream that represented the United Kingdom in the 1983 contest with the song I'm Never Giving Up. She has also been a member of the UK jury at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Katrina Leskanich: Lead singer of the group Katrina & The Waves that won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with the song Love Shine A Light.
Jay Revell: Stage director, actor and dancer. He was the choreographer behind the music video and stage performance of the 2015 United Kingdom entry Still In Love With You.
Måns Zelmerlöw: Winner of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with the song Heroes.
Katrina Leskanich: Winner of the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom with the song Love Shine A Light.
There will be a special tribute to the late Sir Terry Wogan, who provided the BBC commentary on radio and television between 1971 and 2008, and was co-presenter on the 1998 Eurovision Song Contest when the event was last staged in the United Kingdom in Birmingham.
Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast live on BBC4 in the United Kingdom, and internationally can be watched on Eurovision.tv at 20:30 CET.
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