United Kingdom: Former X-factor participants and a song from Emmelie de Forest

The United Kingdom reveals its six Eurovision candidates Monday morning. Radio host Ken Bruce plays all the songs in his morning show and ESC Daily listens closely to update you as soon as possible.

This is the official link for the show. Here you can also listen to the broadcast on Monday morning between 10:30 and 13:00 CET. All the songs will be available here.

The candidates for the United Kingdom are:

  1. Olivia Garcia – Freedom Hearts. Olivia took part in Series 13 of the UK X Factor, the same series that UMK runner up Saara Aalto took part in. She made it through to the judges houses, but sadly didn’t make it any further. She is only 16 years of age so is one of the youngest performers, but she has an extremely mature voice.
  2. Holly Brewer – Wish I Loved You More. Holly is an experienced performer. She sang at the wedding of reality stars Mark Wright and Michelle Keegan. Auditioned for X factor. Made it but was cruelly axed before the televised section of the show started. She has supported Jess Glynne on several dates n her recent UK tour so is no stranger to playing to big crowds.
  3. Lucie Jones – Never Give Up On You. This is the song written by previous Eurovision winner Emmelie De Forest. Another X-factor singer here; auditioned in 2009. She competed in the same series as former Eurovision competitors Jedward. She has appeared in several West End Musical shows such as We Will Rock you, Rent and Les Miserables.
  4. Danyl Johnson – Light Up The World – According to Simon Cowell, his audition on X Factor was the best he had ever seen. Currently he is an ambassador for the UK Postcode lottery. He works alongside the famous UK presenter Jeff Brazier, so he can learn a lot from him in terms of how to handle himself on a big stage. He was on the same X Factor series as Lucie Jones, who will be in the You Decide final alongside him, and they still remain good friends since the X Factor.
  5. Salena MastroianniI Don’t Wanna Fight – She auditioned for the 2012 series of X Factor. She is a distant relative of the Italian actor Marcello Mastroianni. She did not get far but has been successful in the online music platform since, with many collaborations with people like MC Neat.
  6. Nate Simpson – What Are We Made Of – Another one who auditioned for X Factor. He made it to the judges houses but was sent home by Nicole Scherzinger. He appeared on the most recent series with Olivia Garcia and Saara Alto.

On Friday January 27th these six candidates will participate in the national final “You Decide”. The show airs on BBC2 in the UK and starts at 20:30 CET. Alexander Rybak is one of the guest artists and Sophie Ellis-Bextor is part of the panel providing feedback on the performances.

Jury Vote

The format “You Decide” was launched last year, when the BBC promised to fully obey the public’s choice and explicitly advertised the 100% televote in their format. Despite another low result for Joe & Jake in Stockholm, it was announced that “You Decide” would return this year.

However, a few changes had already been made to the format. Six artists compete, in a bigger venue, The Hammersmith Apollo, and a more important BBC tv-channel, BBC 2. And on top of that, the show features a jury vote which will decide part of the outcome. The voting jury members will not be the same people who appear in the expert panel during the show.

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