For all those people who are interested in the Eurovision Song Contest, here are some details about the 2009 contest in the UK.
After many years coming near bottom, and in 2008, joint last place, the UK entry will be selected differently. A new show, Your Country Needs You is a show in 6 singers or groups compete to represent the UK in a weekly knockout competition. The winner will then sing a song written by Andrew Lloyd Webber. The final was on Saturday 31 January 2009.
Presented by Graham Norton, who will also commentate for the UK in the Eurovision Final.
The 6 acts are
The Twins : Francine & Nicola
Emperors of Soul : Julian, Gerod, Leon, Leroy and Fraser
Week 1 : Saturday 10 January
All the contestant started the show singing Abba's "Waterloo"
Here are the contestants songs.
|1||Emperors of Soul||Love train by the Oj's|
|2||Mark||Wasting my time by Will Young|
|3||Charlotte||Because of You by Kelly Clarkson|
|4||Damien||How am I supposed to live without you by Michael Bolton|
|5||The Twins||you've got a friend by Carole King|
|6||Jade||Deja Vu by Beyonce|
The girls also sang "One rocking role too many"
The boys also sang "No Matter What"
Special Guest Performance is Lemar singing "Weight of the world"
The bottom 2 are Damien and Charlotte. Andrew Lloyd Webber saves Charlotte, so Damien is out of the contest.
Week 2 : Saturday 17 January
All the contestant started the show singing "Save your kisses for me"
Here are the contestants songs.
|1||The Twins||The Promise by Girls Aloud|
|2||Emperors of Soul||Kiss by Prince|
|3||Jade||The voice within by Christina Aguilera|
|4||Charlotte||Rain on your parade by Duffy|
|5||Mark||Me and Mrs Jones by Billy Paul|
The boys also sang "Nothing going to stop us now"
The girls also sang "Rhythm of the night"
Special Guest Performance is "UP" sung by the Saturdays.
The bottom 2 are Emperors of Soul and Charlotte. Andrew Lloyd Webber saves ,Emperors of Soul so Charlotte is out of the contest.
Week 3 : Saturday 24 January
All the contestant started the show singing "Boom Bang a Bang"
Here are the contestants songs. All sang 2 songs
|1||Mark||Rock Your Body by Justin Timberlake|
|2||Jade||All By Myself by Celine Dion|
|3||Emperors of Soul||Patience by Take That|
|4||The Twins||About You Now by Sugababes|
|5||Mark||I Don't Want To Talk About It by Rod Stewart|
|6||Jade||Jade with Think by Aretha Franklin|
|7||Emperors of Soul||Emperors of Soul with Uptown Girl by Billy Joel|
|8||The Twins||All I Have To Do Is Dream by The Everly Brothers|
The boys also sang "Don't let the Sun go down on m"
The girls also sang "I'll stand by you"
Special Guest Performance is "Breathe Slow" sung by Alisha Dixon .
The bottom 2 are Emperors of Soul and Jade. Andrew Lloyd Webber saves Jade so Emperors of Soul are out of the contest.
Week 4 : Saturday 31 January
Here are the contestants songs. All sang 3 songs, of which the second song was the Eurovision Entry
All the contestant started the show singing "Bucks Fizz - "Making Your Mind up"
|1||Jade||Lady Marmalade by Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya and L'il Kim|
|2||Mark||Try a little tenderness by The Commitments|
|3||The Twins||Sweet About Me by Gabriella Cilmi|
|4||Jade||Its My Time|
|5||Mark||Its My Time|
|6||The Twins||Its My Time|
|7||Jade||The Promise by Girls Aloud|
|8||Mark||Deja Vu by Beyonce|
|9||The Twins||Me And Mrs Jones by Billy Paul|
Special Guest Performance is "Believe, sung by Dima Bilan, 2008 Winner"
Third place was Mark
Second place was the Twins
The winner was Jade. The UK Entry song is called "It's my time"
The UK will go straight to the Eurovision Final on Saturday 16 May 2009.
Viewers (and anyone who can get Digital TV).
Also available via BBC iplayer for up to a week after each show.
|Saturday 3 January||BBC1 19:10 - 20:10||Your Country Needs You|
|Saturday 10 January||BBC1 and BBC HD 18:40 - 19:45||Your Country Needs You Live Show|
|Saturday 17 January||BBC1 and BBC HD 18:35 - 19:40||Your Country Needs You Live Show|
|Saturday 24 January||BBC1 and BBC HD Unknown||Your Country Needs You Live Show|
|Saturday 31 January||BBC1 and BBC HD Unknown||Your Country Needs You Final|
|Tuesday 12 May||BBC3 20:00 - 22:30||Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final 1 LIVE|
|Thursday 14 May||BBC3 20:00 - 22:30||Eurovision Song Contest Semi Final 2 LIVE|
|Saturday 16 May||BBC1 and BBC HD 20:00 - 23:20||Eurovision Song Contest LIVE|
|Saturday 16 May||via BBCi Red Button||Eurovision Song Contest LIVE Interactive|
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