JOE & JAKE TO REPRESENT THE UK AT EUROVISION SONG CONTEST 2016 0 302

Joe and Jake have been chosen by the public to represent the United Kingdom at the 61st Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place this May in Stockholm.

Joe and Jake took to the stage alongside the five other hopefuls who were all battling it out for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2016 in a live 90-minute musical extravaganza on BBC Four.

Joe and Jake will be performing You’re Not Alone, which was written by Schwartz, Justin J Benson and S Kanes.

Joe Woolford and Jake Shakeshaft met during the 2015 series of The Voice UK. Jake was part of team will.i.am but lost out at the Battle rounds, whereas Joe was a finalist for Rita Ora’s team. Jake, aged 20 from Stoke-on-Trent, can play guitar, while Joe, aged 21 from Ruthin, Wales, supported The Vamps on their 2015 tour.

Joe and Jake said: “I can’t even talk, it feels amazing. We just want to say this crowd is absolutely incredible. For everyone back home that has voted thank you so much. We are so proud we are going to represent the UK. Thank you. It’s going to be incredible. I hope we make you all proud. We’ve never been to Stockholm but there’s a first time for everything. We’re going to start working on the song so we can win.”

Hosted by Mel Giedroyc, Eurovision: You Decide was broadcast live on BBC Four from The O2 Forum Kentish Town on Friday 26 February, featuring performances by the six competing acts before the voting lines opened and the public chose the song and act that will represent the United Kingdom at Eurovision 2016 in Sweden.

Current Eurovision champion and Eurovision 2016 co-host Måns Zelmerlöw opened the 90-minute musical extravaganza, singing his winning song from last year’s contest, Heroes. Former United Kingdom Eurovision Song Contest entry Katrina also performed on the night with the winning song from the 1997 competition Love Shine A Light.

As well as the acts battling it out for the public’s votes, the jam-packed 90-minute live show featured a special look back at some of Sir Terry Wogan’s unforgettable Eurovision moments over the years.

Guy Freeman, Editor of Special Events and Head of Delegation for the UK said: “On behalf of the BBC, we’d like to thank all of the acts and song-writers who participated in the show tonight. These six artists are all winners for making it to our national final – but now we have one UK champion in Joe and Jake, and we are really looking forward to working with them as we look towards the contest in May.”

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TAYLOR SWIFT, LANA DEL REY & LEWIS CAPALDI CONFIRMED FOR RADIO 1’S LIVE LOUNGE MONTH 0 21

Radio 1’s Live Lounge month will return for September 2019, with Taylor Swift, Lana Del Rey and Sam Fender being the first acts to be named on the bill.

Throughout September on Clara Amfo’s show (Monday – Thursday, 10am-1pm), a different artist will take to the Live Lounge each day to perform a mix of their own songs and surprise covers.

Among them will be 10-time Grammy Award-winner and global pop superstar Taylor Swift, as she returns to grace the Live Lounge for the first time in five years. Since her last Live Lounge session in 2014, Swift has seen her sixth studio album Reputation reach No 1 in 13 countries, including the US and the UK. With her seventh album Lover set to drop 23 August, listeners can expect a stellar performance that will include new songs from the singer-songwriter along with some of her biggest and best tracks.

Also returning to the Live Lounge in September will be American singer-songwriter Lana Del Rey, who will be bringing her soulful vocals live to Radio 1’s airwaves ahead of embarking on her next world tour; and North Shields’ Sam Fender, who is set to release his debut studio album this year after being named on Radio 1’s Brit List in 2018. Fender, who won the Critic’s Choice Award at the Brits earlier this year, is sure to bring plenty of Hypersonic energy to Radio 1’s Live Lounge Month.

The Lewis Capaldi Symphony will bring Live Lounge Month 2019 to a close, with Capaldi’s spectacular live performance with the Manchester Camerata Orchestra at Croxteth Park in Liverpool being broadcast for the first time.  

Kicking off on Monday 2 September and running throughout the month every Monday to Thursday until 26 September, audiences can expect to hear from some of most exciting names in music. The full line up will be announced in the coming weeks.

Radio 1’s Live Lounge attracts some of the biggest names across the globe and in the UK with alumni including Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande and Jay Z. Past Live Lounge tracks from Miley Cyrus, 30 Seconds To Mars and Dua Lipa have attracted over 50 million views each on Radio 1’s YouTube channel.

Sam Fender says: “Can’t wait to be part of Live Lounge Month at Radio 1. Me and the boys had such a blast when we did our last one.”

Chris Price, Head of Music, Radio 1 & 1Xtra, says: “The Radio 1 Live Lounge continues to set the global standard for live studio performance. Intimate and exposing, it’s still the best way to get close to your favourite artists, as well as discover new ones. As every year, Live Lounge Month runs the gamut from internationally renowned superstars like Taylor Swift to emerging UK talent like Brit List alumnus Sam Fender. September is my favourite month of the year!”

Clara Amfo says: “From NYC, London to Liverpool, Live Lounge Month is back for another year and I couldn’t be happier about what the listeners have to look forward to in September!”

All performances from Live Lounge Month can be heard live on Radio 1 and BBC Sounds, and will be available to watch on demand on Radio 1’s BBC iPlayer and YouTube channels.

CURTIS PRITCHARD JOINS THE GREATEST DANCER 0 19

Ballroom and Latin dance champion and Love Island 2019 finalist Curtis Pritchard will be joining The Greatest Dancer as the dance talent show returns to BBC One in early 2020.

The news was exclusively revealed on The Scott Mills Show on BBC Radio 1, Curtis confirmed that he will be welcoming hopefuls to The Greatest Dancer studio as they prepare for the biggest audition of their lives.

Curtis says: “To have left the Love Island villa just 10 days ago and to be so quickly given an opportunity to be a part of a show as amazing as The Greatest Dancer is a dream come true. When I got the call I was so honoured to even be considered for this so the fact it’s happening I can’t quite believe! Dance is my passion and I can’t wait to meet all the contestants in the new revamped reception area.”

Curtis is an award-winning professional dancer, who most recently appeared in Ireland’s version of Strictly Come Dancing, Dancing with The Stars, for three series. As well as his experience on TV, Curtis has danced in a number of critically and commercially successful stage productions including Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Burn The Floor and Rip It Up.

Curtis, alongside professional dancer brother AJ Pritchard, has also been confirmed as Choreographer on the upcoming series of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK on BBC Three.