BBC to launch X Factor-style contest to choose UK Eurovision act

The UK’s 2016 Eurovision entry will be chosen by the public in a TV show on BBC Four.

Eurovision: You Decide has been described as a ‘X Factor-style’ show. It will be the first time in six years that a televised show will determine the UK’s Eurovision representative.

The 90-minute show show will air on BBC 4 next month (February 26) live from The Forum in London and will be hosted by Great British Bake-off presenter Mel Giedroyc.

The UK’s pre-chosen 2015 entry Electro Velvet came 24th out of 27 in Vienna.

“I am a huge fan of the Eurovish and am honoured to be hosting this fantastic event,” said Giedoroyc who will present the contest at the O2 Forum in Kentish Town, north London.

“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,” she added.

The last Eurovision act to be chosen by the audience in a TV contest was Josh Dubovie in 2010, and he ended up finishing last on the big night with the song That Sounds Good To Me.

BBC Four will this year also be showing both semi-finals of Eurovision live from Stockholm on 10 and 12 May.

The Eurovision extravaganza itself will once again be broadcast on BBC One.

Cassian Harrison, editor of BBC Four, said: “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.”