The 2019 Eurovision Song Contest might not be until May, but plans are already underway to find the next contestant who will represent the U.K.

The general public has always been involved with the selection process in some capacity, but the constant changes in format mean it’s sometimes hard to know how involved the public actually is.

Eurovision: You Decide, the latest such re-branding of the formula, has undergone another change; instead of the free-for-all that we’ve become accustomed to, the six contestants will be split up into pairs.

Each pair will be given their own song, with the two artists performing the chosen track in a different musical style. Each mini-duel will see the winner progress, with the final three being the subject of a public vote.

Easy enough to understand, right? Now without further ado, let’s introduce the songs and the acts who will be performing them.

A stage for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 is seen at the International Exhibition Centre in Kyiv, Ukraine, April 28, 2017. (Photo by Maxym Marusenko/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Song 1 – ‘Bigger Than Us’

The first song is ‘Bigger Than Us’, which will be performed by Michael Rice and Holly Tandy.

Michael, a 21-year-old from Hartlepool, won last year’s iteration of the BBC talent show All Together Now, and will be performing this song in the style of a piano ballad.

Meanwhile, Holly will be giving the track a country vibe, as she hopes to build on her seventh-placed finish in the 2017 series of The X Factor.

Song 2 – ‘Freaks’

The second cut that the public can vote on is ‘Freaks’, which will be sung by both Jordan Clarke and Maid.

Jordan was part of the group Luminites, who reached the semi-final of Britain’s Got Talent in 2013 before he focused on a solo career; his version of ‘Freaks’ is something akin to a Shawn Mendes song.

Maid are a three-piece girl-group consisting of Miracle Chance, Kat Kleve and Blythe Jandoo, with the trio all meeting at drama school. Their take on the song is darker, being built on this edge and the vocal harmonies.

Song 3 – ‘Sweet Lies’

The final song, ‘Sweet Lies’, will be performed by Kerrie-Anne and Anisa.

The former, an ex-teacher who was on The X Factor in 2015, will give the song an up-tempo beat, channelling dance and pop vibes.

Anisa Moghaddam has created some waves in the industry, supporting Ne-Yo and James Arthur since she was named by the BBC Asian Network as a future star. Her take on the song is far more relaxed and stripped-back, harkening back to early noughties R&B.

When Can I Watch Eurovision: You Decide 2019?

Viewers can vote for their favourite when the show airs on Friday, February 8th, on BBC Two at 7.30 pm.

Mel Giedroyc and 2015 Eurovision winner Mans Zelmerlow will host the event, with the winner on the night representing the U.K for this year’s Eurovision, which will take place in Israel on Saturday, May 18th.

 

WATCH EUROVISION: YOU DECIDE 2019 ON FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 8TH ON BBC TWO, AT 7.30PM. 

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