UK – Today’s the day that UK fans will get to hear the 6 finalists, chosen by 3 different routes, on the Ken Bruce Radio 2 show between 9.30am and 12.00 noon. The 6 acts will then take part in a live national final, Eurovision: You Decide, at the O2 Forum Kentish Town on February 26th, to be broadcast on BBC4, and hosted by British Bake Off presenter Mel Giedroyc.
The six shortlisted acts have been chosen from three different routes of entry:
- Public submission
- Submissions to BASCA (the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors)
- British Music Industry consultant Hugh Goldsmith, former MD of RCA and founder of Innocent Records.
The BBC invited the UK branch of the OGAE to assist in the shortlisting of the entries sent in by the public. The OGAE is the largest independent Eurovision fan club in the world and its UK branch has around 1,000 members.
It very much looks like Matthew Pateman is one of the 6. He was a singer in 90s boyband Bad Boys Inc but now performs in Madhen, a party / covers band. He tweeted ‘Four days and counting,’ as well as the caption: ‘It has been a long time coming #newmusic #news #uk’
UPDATE: Looks like Abby Inez could be another contender as she’s just tweeted “If you want to hear my news first, make sure you tune into Radio 2 Ken Bruce’s show from 9:30am!!” Here’s an example of her work
Voting on Friday will be 100% public vote. To vote online it is likely that you will need a BBC account meaning (in theory) people outside of the UK cannot vote.
Listen to the show this morning HERE.
Act 1: Joe and Jake ‘You’re not alone‘ (both on the Voice 2015)
Act 2: Bianca ‘Shine a little light‘ (written by Leona Lewis amongst others)
Act 3: Dulcima ‘When you go‘
Act 4: Matthew James ‘A better man‘ (Matthew Pateman from Bad Boys Inc)
Act 5: Darline ‘Until tomorrow‘ (one member is Abby Inez)
Act 6: Karl William Lund ‘Miracle‘
Check out the songs on the BBC website HERE