The Eurovision calendar is our version of the telly guide that comes in the weekend papers. Except it's here all the time. 24/7, just like we are.
Once again, the singer comes from the reality talent show 'Operacion Triunfo' - a bunch of hormonal teenagers get locked in a house and made to sing until viewers tire of them. This year, the singers have been matched with ten songs through a complex system that combined viewer votes and the opinions of that Eurovision favourite, music experts.
Spanish Eurovision selection shows have never been known to edit the crud, so if you plan on following this live (links below), you're best booking a late start ... or better yet, take Monday off.
Here's the shortlist:
- Muérdeme - María
- Hoy vuelvo a reír otra vez - Noelia
- La clave - Natalia
- No puedo más - Famous
- La venda - Miki
- Todo bien - Marilia
- Nadie se salva - Natalia y Miki
- Hoy soñaré - Sabela
- Qué quieres que haga - Julia
- Se te nota - Carlos Right
María, Noelia and Miki have emerged as early favourites. The songs preview in full online from Friday.
Link (on-demand is geo-blocked): Live Broadcast - Galas
Image Credits: RTVE.
This year Eurovision: You Decide broadcasts live from Media City UK in Salford. With your hosts Mel Giedroyc and Måns Zelmerlöw.
Three competing songs will be performed in two different ways, by two different acts. Six acts, three songs.
A celebrity panel and viewers at home will decide which song represents the UK at the 64th Eurovision Song Contest.
Audience tickets are free but spaces are limited, so tickets will be allocated via a ballot at lostintv.com.
Five songs are in the running this year:
- Andrea Demirović – Ja sam ti san (Michael James Down, Primož Poglajen, Andrea Demirović)
- D-Moll Band – Ti (Dejan Božović, Aleksandar Miličić)
- Ivana Popović-Martinović – Nevinost (Ivana Popović-Martinović, Slavko Milovanović, Vladan Popović-Popa, Marko Milatović)
- Monika Knezović – Nepogrješiva (Vladimir Grajić-Graja, Snežana Vukomanović, Ivan Branisavljević)
- Nina Petković – Uzmi ili ostavi (Nina Petković, Bojan Momčilović and Zoran Radonjić)
The Festival della canzone italiana di Sanremo is the most popular Italian song contest and awards, held annually in the town of Sanremo, Liguria, and consisting of a competition amongst previously unreleased songs.
Usually referred to as Festival di Sanremo, or outside Italy as Sanremo Music Festival or Sanremo Music Festival Award, it was the inspiration for the Eurovision Song Contest.
The winner usually gets first refusal on a place at Eurovision.