Eurovision: You Decide, broadcast live on Friday 26th February on BBC Four, will feature six shortlisted acts taking to the stage in a bid to impress the viewers at home and a professional panel in the venue as they all compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2016. The 90 minute show is hosted by Mel Giedroyc, live from the The O2 Forum in Kentish Town.
“I am a huge fan of the Eurovish and am honoured to be hosting this fantastic event. It’s very exciting that the Great British public will get the chance to choose who will be sent to Sweden and I know it’s going to be an amazing night. I can’t wait to get the party started!”
BBC Four will then show both Eurovision Semi-Finals in May, ahead of the main event, shown on BBC One. This year's finals are taking place in Stockholm, Sweden. Once again, Australia has been invited to take part in the contest.
Cassian Harrison, Editor, BBC Four, says:
“I’m delighted that Eurovision: You Decide and both of the Semi Finals are coming to the channel this year. BBC Four is the home of music on TV in the UK, and as any fan will tell you, Eurovision is one of the biggest music events on the planet and is much more than just one night of TV, therefore it is only right that BBC Four is able to showcase Europe's favourite music TV event right here in the UK.”
The move to BBC Four follows the BBC's decision to withdraw BBC Three's TV outlet in February. The BBC repeatedly failed to tell audiences what it intended to do with BBC Three's Eurovision coverage during the public consultation period. The move to BBC Four will be a major change for the channel. Although BBC Four has showcased music events before, coverage has generally veered toward niche, alternative or classical concert coverage, or featuring bands especially familiar to older audiences, in line with BBC Four's average viewer profile - affluent and in their early 60s.