Once again, the nation gets a say in what’s set to be the most important vote of the year – we finally get to choose who will represent the UK in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest on BBC2’s Eurovision: You Decide.
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The UK’s selection process has undergone a major shake-up ahead of the 2019 competition set to take place in May.
Now, You Decide will feature just three songs, each performed two different ways by the six acts vying to represent us in Tel Aviv.
And viewers are on tenterhooks ahead of the vote – with some even comparing its magnitude to the 2016 EU referendum.
— Emilia ???? (@Mielzx) February 8, 2019
A number of fans are already backing their winner…
I'm rooting for Kerrie-Anne tonight on #EurovisionYouDecide tonight. Though interested to hear all the other songs too. "Sweet lies" is a BOP.
— John (@_JGD94) February 8, 2019
— Taking my Pikachu home! (@Gatz77) February 8, 2019
Holly’s version of ‘Bigger Than Us’ is a must! It has clear vocals, a down tempo emotional aspect along with the up beat builds and sing along party vibe chorus. A Mix of 2 songs in 1 Makes sense! Vote for the amazing @TandyHolly #Eurovision #EurovisionYouDecide @bbceurovision
— Dj Graham J (@1DJGrahamJ) February 8, 2019
But others are less enthusiastic about our chances after listening to the options on offer.
— Dyl????????????????????????????n (@HausofDylan95) February 8, 2019
Screaming into the void because I'm scared Freaks will win #EurovisionYouDecide
— bLIZzard ❄️ (@EuroEvEliza) February 7, 2019
— ⭐️✞ Sienna amos ✞⭐️ (@Sienna_Tgirl) February 7, 2019
And there are, of course, those making the inevitable Brexit jokes…
#EurovisionYouDecide we’re coming out so we’re not part of Europe
— Drake Elliot (@palustrious) February 8, 2019
— sjc (@stephencrump) February 8, 2019
— Julian Shea (@juliansheasport) February 7, 2019
The United Kingdom has automatically qualified for Eurovision since 1999, alongside France, Germany, Italy and Spain as the biggest contributors to the European Broadcasting Union.
We have won won five times, our most recent victory in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves’ Love Shines a Light.
However, our performances have been markedly less well received since, with the UK earning an abysmal nul points in 2003.
Will 2019 finally see a change in our fortunes?
Eurovision: You Decide airs tonight at 7:30pm on BBC2.