Leading the British national team to the Eurovision Song Contest
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Mance Zelmerlow is recruited by the BBC.
This spring, it will host the British equivalent of Melodevictivalen.
“Things have gone really well for Melodifestivalen in recent years, so I don’t think anyone thinks it’s wrong for me to help England a little while on the run,” he says.
After a long period of bad results Eurovision Song Contest Big bets BBC Now on Melodifestivalen’s equivalent of the “Eurovision: You Decide” program.
TV company recruited Mance Zelmerlow, 31, to lead the show with British broadcaster and comedian Mel Jedwick, 49.
– It’s going to be crazy fun. Måns Zelmerlöw says there’s plenty of room to make ‘You Decide’ bigger in this country with about 70 different talent searches on TV, which is going very well.
Broadcast from Nasr Abbas Square
“Eurovision: You decide” will be broadcast on February 7 from the classic arena Brighton Dome where ABBA won the Eurovision award with “Waterloo” in 1974.
It looks like the BBC is making competition popular here in England again. late Terry Wogans time (Eurovision’s classic British commentator), ESC is seen as very kitshigt, more of an entertainment than a music program. So it is now important to me to make the British understand the greatness of Eurovision as we do in Sweden, says Mans and laughs.
The idea for Måns Zelmerlöw as host of the British competition came when he commented with screenwriter and director Eduard F. Celin on the Eurovision Song Contest in Kiev in May. They spoke to the head of the BBC delegation and this led to Mance being seated on the jury that selected the British songs to compete.
There is a Eurovision winner
– I think they liked it as I did, Petra Med Edward did and wrote at Eurovision in Stockholm in 2016. These programs have been highly regarded in the UK.
So then you abandon us in Sweden and Melodifestivalen now?
– No, I didn’t do that at all. But things have been going so well for Melodivestivalen in recent years, so I don’t think anyone thinks it’s wrong for me to help a little England on the run, says Mance with a laugh.
Will the UK be able to give us a Eurovision winner next year?
– I went to some auditions for artists and heard the songs. It’s going to be a good year for “you decide” and I totally think I saw an ESC winner here.
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