This week the United Kingdom will chose it's next Eurovision entrant. This Friday February 8th 2019, the fourth edition of Eurovision- You Decide will come live from Salford, Manchester, and see six artists, sing 3 songs in a bid to be the nations next Eurovision star. This morning, the BBC released further details of the show, and we now have the names of the three panelists who will be giving their expert opinions of ther performances.
The three member panelists are:
He became famous for staring in the X Factor UK, and made it to the live shows. Since then, he has done celebrity big brother, and was a regular on 'This Morning' as a presenter. In 2018, he fulfilled his dream by being involved in Eurovision. He was a panelist member on last year's 'Eurovision - You Decide', but was also commentator for the two semi final shows in Lisbon. His love for the contest, and knowledge has gained him many fans in the Eurovision community. Of Friday's show, he has said,
“I’m so excited to be back on the judging panel for Eurovision: You Decide and back in the Eurovision family! I’ve been a life-long fan and take it very seriously so it’s a real honour to help the public decide who we choose to send to the main contest in May. I think it will be really interesting as well to see how the different acts perform the different versions of the songs.”
He has recently been given his own show on BBC Radio show, and is a well known figure on television, and radio.
Mollie is best known, and famous for being part of the girl group, "The Saturdays". The group has sold over 5 million records worldwide. She was also a Strictly Come Dancing 2017 contestant, and more recently became a BBC Radio 1 DJ co-hosting the BBC Radio 1 weekend breakfast show with Matt Edmondson. Of Eurovision, Mollie has said,
"I'm so excited to be part of the judging panel for Eurovision: You Decide this year. Eurovision is a huge event in the music calendar every year so it's a real honour to have a say, alongside Marvin & Rylan in which song and which artist has the all-important job of representing the UK this year in Tel Aviv - I wish them all the best of luck!"
Marvin is best known for being a DJ, producer and broadcaster, but is more famously known for being in the boy band JLS. As a DJ he has played many sets in Ibiza, and Las Vegas, and has his own show on Capital FM. Of Eurovision he has said,
"I have so many great memories of watching Eurovision growing up so being able to help decide who will represent the United Kingdom this year is very exciting! I know what it feels like to perform live for the public and a judging panel so hopefully I can bring that experience on the night!”
The panel will not only give their opinion, but they will be instrumental in deciding which three acts, and songs will go to the public vote. It will then be up to the public to decide which song, and artist will represent the United Kingdom in Tel Aviv in May.
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