Eurovision 2019

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In bygone years, the BBC Two's selection show You Decide has featured six acts all performing a different song each before the best is selected to represent the UK.
But this time there will be just three songs for the six acts to sing, meaning they'll go head-to-head to see who can do the same song the best.
Each of the three songs will be performed in two musically different ways by two acts, and there will be three rounds of 'song-offs' in the show, which is hosted by Mel Giedroyc and Mans Zelmerlow.

Kate Phillips, controller of entertainment commissioning at the BBC, said: "Forget about a sing-off, 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!"

You Decide will be shown on BBC Two in February 2019 ahead of the contest, which takes place on Saturday, May 18.

Poll Results

OptionVotes
"Sweet Lies" - Kerrie Anne 3
"Freaks" - Maid 2
"Freaks" - Jordan Clarke 1
"Sweet Lies" - Anisa 1
"It's Bigger Than Us" - Holly Tandy 0
"It's Bigger Than Us" - Michael Rice 0


Mark G, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 14:37 (four months ago) Permalink

It's Bigger Than Us: slightly prefer Tandy's Kylie 'Golden' country pop over Rice's a generic anthemic Scandi synth thing that would have wowed Eurovision 2013.
Freaks: nice - very familiar - chord progression in the chorus but an unremarkable song, don't care either way.
Sweet Lies: the best song, I think. Leaning towards Kerrie Anne's Eurodisco comfort food over Anisa's ballad.

British public decides in a people's vote, what could possibly go wrong?

dorsalstop, Wednesday, 23 January 2019 16:11 (four months ago) Permalink

Mans Zelmerlow?

Wee boats wobble but they don't fall down (Tom D.), Wednesday, 23 January 2019 16:19 (four months ago) Permalink

Listening link:

- http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=%23EurovisionYouDecide+2019

Such a sad quote from the entertainment commissioner. "Could finally get us on the left hand side of the leader board"? (Better than on the extreme right of the leaderboard..)

I think I agree "Sweet Lies" is the best one here – also the only song where the two versions are interpreted quite differently.

But it's hard to even imagine how a UK entry could do well anymore; nothing's been popular for 9 years. What would they have to change in the selection?

sbahnhof, Friday, 25 January 2019 06:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Fair play to Jordan Clarke for holding this face for 3 minutes

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sJjVSfSFk14

sbahnhof, Friday, 25 January 2019 06:57 (four months ago) Permalink

xp good songs? Good songwriters working on this? Seems relatively easy to me to get better positions than in the last 9 years, but the song selections have just been shit. It's not like there have been expectations "this is quite good, should rank high" - no, everyone's agreed the songs are bad and won't stand a chance. So no mystery here, really.

abcfsk, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:36 (four months ago) Permalink

ouch

voted jordan clarke for the eurovision "look"

needs the classic "wink for europe" towards the end

nxd, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:44 (four months ago) Permalink

xp good songs, well duh. How can they change their competition structure to get better songs? Given the BBC prob won't spend much money hiring the hottest producers or holding a UK Melodifestivalen. Should they approach a wider range of artists? Involve Radio 1/1xtra? Expand the judging panel? A longer public vote? Abduct George Ezra?

sbahnhof, Friday, 25 January 2019 20:28 (four months ago) Permalink

Songs matter less than getting someone to sing who is known in the rest of Europe.

the battering ram's rolling (snoball), Friday, 25 January 2019 20:30 (four months ago) Permalink

Yeah I need to catch up on these but I've heard some snippets.

Ned Raggett, Friday, 25 January 2019 20:39 (four months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Monday, 4 February 2019 00:01 (four months ago) Permalink

good to see Darude stepping up for Finland

seandalai, Monday, 4 February 2019 00:25 (four months ago) Permalink

also happy about San Marino's continued commitment to recycling

seandalai, Monday, 4 February 2019 00:56 (four months ago) Permalink

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 00:01 (four months ago) Permalink

OK, so it's not going to be bigger than us.

Mark G, Tuesday, 5 February 2019 07:27 (four months ago) Permalink

on now...
You Decide Which Of These Scarcely Famous Singers Gets To Come Near The Bottom Of The Voting This Year

just another country (snoball), Friday, 8 February 2019 19:33 (four months ago) Permalink

OK, off to negotiate 350 points from China under WTO rules.

dorsalstop, Friday, 8 February 2019 22:21 (four months ago) Permalink

Songs matter less than getting someone to sing who is known in the rest of Europe.
― the battering ram's rolling (snoball), Saturday, January 26, 2019 9:30 AM Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

:-s Eurovision winners aren't usually well-known. (sometimes not even after they win!)

France's song for the final is "Roi" by Bilal Hassani:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCJRigN2DmI

It was the French public favourite by miles:

- https://eurovision.tv/story/bilal-hassani-to-represent-france-at-eurovision-2019

The French show also used a 10-nation jury (which preferred other songs), similar to in the Swedish final.

sbahnhof, Saturday, 9 February 2019 02:17 (four months ago) Permalink

Other news: Jack White wins Eurovision

- https://eurovoix.com/2019/02/06/israel-white-stripes-lead-singer-now-receiving-royalties-from-nettas-toy/

Netta's new (non-Eurovision) single is incredible

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV1sjm9Lz_Q

(not sure if that's Salvador Sobral from 2017 in the video)

sbahnhof, Saturday, 9 February 2019 03:31 (four months ago) Permalink

Hmm, I wonder what these fascists' agenda is.

sbahnhof, Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:13 (four months ago) Permalink

The Italian song choice - "Soldi" by Mahmood

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22lISUXgSUw

sbahnhof, Thursday, 14 February 2019 04:22 (four months ago) Permalink

This is shambolic:

https://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-47357471

ShariVari, Wednesday, 27 February 2019 11:16 (three months ago) Permalink

Ukraine has officially dropped out of Eurovision as they can’t find anyone willing to take the place of the nominee who wouldn’t sign the nationalist pledge.

ShariVari, Thursday, 28 February 2019 07:54 (three months ago) Permalink

Idiots but good for her standing up to it

abcfsk, Thursday, 28 February 2019 09:48 (three months ago) Permalink

into Iceland's EBM tribute to Azerbaijan 2008

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3CU-xnPsSHE

seandalai, Sunday, 3 March 2019 00:00 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

also here for Portugal

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xSbp8lwCQp8

seandalai, Monday, 29 April 2019 00:43 (one month ago) Permalink

Yeah that's a standout.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 29 April 2019 01:20 (one month ago) Permalink

Word on a US broadcast? (logo out maybe netflix?)

alomar lines, Monday, 29 April 2019 03:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Being Portuguese and knowing Conan is so weird/funny to see his name here at ILM.

this is a nice song, but my favourite of his is this one

https://youtu.be/HYCWK4IVlpM

Nourry, Monday, 29 April 2019 09:02 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

hi!

seandalai, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:35 (one month ago) Permalink

Sandstorm ftw

L'assie (Euler), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:36 (one month ago) Permalink

Also I was impressed by the Czech 1975-core

L'assie (Euler), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:37 (one month ago) Permalink

Also Poland kinda gav3 me Knife vibes

L'assie (Euler), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:38 (one month ago) Permalink

it's this guy again!

seandalai, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:39 (one month ago) Permalink

The Czech entry is a friend of mine so I suspended my boycott for three minutes. He did well!

ShariVari, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:40 (one month ago) Permalink

he looked very happy

seandalai, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:41 (one month ago) Permalink

He always does. He is like a puppy in human form.

ShariVari, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:42 (one month ago) Permalink

Australia a bit Kate Bush?

L'assie (Euler), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 19:59 (one month ago) Permalink

AUS staging was good. Iceland next!

seandalai, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:04 (one month ago) Permalink

Ok Iceland is memorable. So far only Czech and Australia have been in what’s been mostly a disappointing semi

danzig, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:07 (one month ago) Permalink

Estonia so grim it could be Denmark

seandalai, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:11 (one month ago) Permalink

But the entertainment value!

gyac, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:12 (one month ago) Permalink

it's that guy again!

seandalai, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:21 (one month ago) Permalink

Things have picked up quite a bit in the last few things even enjoyed portugal’s weirdness

danzig, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 20:23 (one month ago) Permalink

Well done, Albert!

ShariVari, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 21:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Oh my god, Iceland's reaction.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 21:08 (one month ago) Permalink

Romania’s the first interesting one tonight

L'assie (Euler), Thursday, 16 May 2019 19:28 (one month ago) Permalink

SF2 pretty dull. Norway/Albania/Azerbaijan were fine I guess.

seandalai, Thursday, 16 May 2019 20:30 (one month ago) Permalink

No-one watching? What's with all the melodramatic over-the-top ballads?

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 19:49 (one month ago) Permalink

Go Sweden.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:58 (one month ago) Permalink

i like sweden too

maura, Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:58 (one month ago) Permalink

barf

maura, Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:59 (one month ago) Permalink

ah ha

kinder, Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:59 (one month ago) Permalink

The public have excellent taste.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:59 (one month ago) Permalink

Come on Sweden!!!

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 18 May 2019 22:59 (one month ago) Permalink

come on sweden

maura, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:00 (one month ago) Permalink

gonna be a good turnup for the swedes

kinder, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:00 (one month ago) Permalink

or a turnip

just another country (snoball), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:00 (one month ago) Permalink

Just give us the bloody points already!

Tuomas, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

OH FUCK OFF

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Woah

Jeff W, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

boooo
(That was my intended joke tho)

kinder, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

The public have terrible taste.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

That sucks.

Tuomas, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

what??

maura, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

93 points????

maura, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:01 (one month ago) Permalink

Norway win the popular vote. Scrap the juries

imago, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Racism, I presume.

Tuomas, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:02 (one month ago) Permalink

Bullshit way of presenting the scores.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:02 (one month ago) Permalink

that was a very american idol-esque finish, complete with flickers of racism

maura, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:03 (one month ago) Permalink

I like seeing the disparity btw the jury and public vote

kinder, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:03 (one month ago) Permalink

Norway got 12 from UK voters! tt voted Iceland but her top 3 were the UK top three as well

imago, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:03 (one month ago) Permalink

The Australian entry from a few years back had a great jury score but the public only gave him 2 points & I absolutely thought that was racism

gyac, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:04 (one month ago) Permalink

It's 2019 and people still like crap post-Britpoppy piano ballads. Fuck, man.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:05 (one month ago) Permalink

Why is he called Duncan Lawrence?

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:05 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't think a black singer has ever won, right?

Tuomas, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:06 (one month ago) Permalink

I thought Sweden won with a ... non-white singer?

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:08 (one month ago) Permalink

I don't actually know what ethnicity she was though tbh.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:09 (one month ago) Permalink

Sweden track needs a better chorus. Fun backing vox though.

Britain giving max to Norway pop is reassuring tho

Chuck_Tatum, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:10 (one month ago) Permalink

Berber iirc xp

ShariVari, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:11 (one month ago) Permalink

Radio 2 now playing “Euphoria”. Now that is a song.

Jeff W, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Loreen is of North African descent, I think. That's the only time a non-white person has won, right? Or does Jamala count?

Tuomas, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:13 (one month ago) Permalink

Was listening to Loreen in the car today

kinder, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:14 (one month ago) Permalink

...next year in Amsterdam?

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:27 (one month ago) Permalink

Anyway, the last time the Dutch won:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hjn_kTo2-yw

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:28 (one month ago) Permalink

Belgium's going to boycott next year because the Dutch occupy part of the sea.

StanM, Saturday, 18 May 2019 23:29 (one month ago) Permalink

Dave Benton, winner in 2009, representing Estonia but from Aruba, not white.

mike t-diva, Sunday, 19 May 2019 00:02 (four weeks ago) Permalink

(2001 not 2009, duh)

mike t-diva, Sunday, 19 May 2019 00:03 (four weeks ago) Permalink

san marino woz robbed

massaman gai (front tea for two), Sunday, 19 May 2019 05:50 (four weeks ago) Permalink

I can't remember, has Norway or Sweden ever sent a Sami singer before to the contest? I know Finland hasn't.

― Tuomas, Saturday, May 18, 2019 10:21 PM (two days ago)

Late answer here, but OH YES INDEED, complete with references to then-recent Sami protests against hydroelectric development in northern Norway. This joik was sounding around the schoolyards for AGES it felt:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hSx4lUPX9KY

anatol_merklich, Monday, 20 May 2019 08:16 (four weeks ago) Permalink

good final, only disliked about three entries

norway for me, just edging iceland

nxd, Monday, 20 May 2019 11:54 (four weeks ago) Permalink

nxd otm

imago, Monday, 20 May 2019 12:54 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Norway were good, but lose points for me for the bald guy. Reminded me of that dude from Aqua.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 20 May 2019 13:03 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Yes this was also noted during our viewing party, followed by interjections of “come on Barbie lets go party” throughout the performance.

Siegbran, Monday, 20 May 2019 13:45 (four weeks ago) Permalink

The Israelies produced a great show this year.

nostormo, Monday, 20 May 2019 14:21 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Israelis

nostormo, Monday, 20 May 2019 14:23 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Israelites.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Monday, 20 May 2019 14:42 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Madonna's been uploading videos of her performance up on Instagram, with vocals audibly fixed with autotune.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 20 May 2019 16:32 (four weeks ago) Permalink


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