The BBC is unveiling the six songs that could be sent to the Eurovision Song Contest.
After a string of embarrassing defeats at the camp European music contest, the broadcaster is holding its first public selection contest in six years, in a bid to secure a UK victory.
‘Bake Off’ presenter Mel Giedroyc is set to host the national final on Friday – which will be broadcast live on BBC Four, with the public voting between a shortlist of six songs.
The prospective hopefuls and songs were unveiled this morning on Radio 2 – and include a girlband singer getting hope from Leona Lewis, a folk duo and former reality stars.
First up is former ‘The Voice’ contestants Joe and Jake, who are teaming up to perform the power-ballad You’re Not Alone and hope to go all the way to Stockholm.
Second is Bianca, who scored number 10 hit ‘Louder’ as part of girlband Parade, will be bidding for her place with the entry ‘Shine a Little Light’ – not to be confused with the UK’s last winner, ‘Love Shine a Light’. The entry is co-written by Leona Lewis.
Third is folk duo Dulcima, who are hoping to represent the UK with entry ‘When You Go’, an unsurprisingly upbeat folky number.
Matthew James is the fourth hopeful in the running – having previously found fame as the lead singer of boyband Bad Boys Inc.
His entry A Better Man is co-written by Swedish singer Peter Kvint, which surely can’t hurt given Sweden’s recent winning streak.
Fifth is singer-songwriting duo Darline, comprised of Abby Inez and Cára Beard.
The pair’s entry Until Tomorrow is a perfect Euro-kitsch ballad, and will remind you of every middle-table Eurovision entry ever. You definitely know your audience, girls.
Last (in the countdown at least) is Liverpudlian hair model Karl William Lund, with self-penned track ‘Miracle’. The singer won’t be having any comedy or gimmicks in his performance, explaining: “It’s time the UK got serious once again about Eurovision”.
Good luck… and don’t f**k it up!
Eurovision: You Decide will air at 7:30 PM on Friday, on BBC Four. The winner will go direct to the Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest on May 14.