The UK have selected their song for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Ukraine.
Six acts performed during the national selection show on BBC Two on Friday 27th January, all with the same hope – to represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2017.
Following a public vote and an official jury vote the results were revealed, and representing the UK at Kyiv is Lucie Jones. Lucie’s song named “Never Give Up On You” was co-written by a previous Eurovision winner, Emelie De Forest, who won the contest back in 2013 with “Only Teardrops”.
Lucie impressed the celebrity panel, who watched on from the audience, including singer Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Strictly Come Dancing’s Bruno Tonioli.
Presenter Mel Giedroyc announced that she had won the contest, saying “I can’t believe you picked me – thank you so much.”
Alongside Lucie being selected to represent the UK, the official slogan and artwork for the contest was revealed. Celebrate Diversity will oversee the competition as it sets up in Ukraine, while it is complimented by a creative logo design based around a traditional Ukrainian bead necklace known as Namysto.
This year, 43 countries will compete to win Eurovision, welcoming back Portugal and Romania who took a break from the competition. Australia will also return to compete.
The Eurovision Song Contest begins with the first semi-final on 9th May 2017.
By Jarrod Jones