THE banner pic below featuring our host really is small (36kb!) and I’ve stretched it out so much it’s blurring into nothingness – but that’s not important right now. What is (how do you type a fanfare?) is that the UK is holding its first national (proper, proper national final, with more than one song in the running) for eight years on Friday, February 26.
Hosted by Mel Giedroyc (that is her in the blurrier than blurry image below, honest), who still could have stepped in and stopped John Barrowman making everyone pick Scooch in 2007 while a panellist on Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up (so she still hasn’t been forgiven completely), at the proper, proper venue of former art deco cinema the O2 Forum in Kentish Town (they welcome Tina Arena on January 26 to its 2,300-ish capacity) on Friday, February 26.
The show won’t be screened on BBC One (mustn’t run before we can walk) but will instead go out on BBC Four which, incidentally, is the new home of the Eurovision semi-finals now that BBC Three is heading online.
It’s a 90-minute show featuring six shortlisted acts (to be revealed soon) with a special panel on hand to give their advice (pray with everything you hold faithful that one of them isn’t John Barrowman) and – what’s more – the public will be able to buy tickets for the show. They’re on sale from Friday morning from bbc.co.uk/eurovision.
It sounds like a step in the right direction, The right people *seem* to have been involved in this shortlisting process and hopefully we won;t end up with something that would sound dodgy in a cruise ship cabaret. All we need to worry about now is what the final six on the shortlist are like. I’m starting to panic just thinking about it.
Be positive, McLoughlin. It’ll be good… It’ll be good…