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New location and format changes revealed for Eurovision: You Decide 2019

Monday 3rd December 2018

Eurovision: You Decide will see some big changes when it returns to our screens in the new year.

The selection show for the UK’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest will be filmed for the first time at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays.

As well as a new home, the programme, presented by Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw, will see some major format changes.

From the hundreds of submitted songs, three will be performed on the night by six different artists who will be competing to represent the United Kingdom at the grand final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.

Each of the three songs will be performed in two musically different ways, by two different acts. There will be three rounds of 'song-offs', with six acts performing in total.

Mel Balac, creative director, entertainment at BBC Studios and executive producer of Eurovision: You Decide, 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.”

Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at the BBC, added: “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.”

Last year SuRie won You Decide with her song Storm. She finished 24th after a stage invader interrupted her live performance in Lisbon, Portugal.

Eurovision: You Decide will be broadcast on BBC Two in February 2019.

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