|In 2009, the BBC decided on a major change to the selection process and embarked on a series of five programmes entitled Eurovision: Your Country Needs You which would culminate in the selection of an act that would sing a new song to be composed by Andrew Lloyd Webber for the Eurovision Song Contest.|
The first show followed the audition process, culminating in the selection of the final six shortlisted acts. The subsequent four shows involved the six acts having to show that they had the right ingredients to take on the best in Europe, and generate enough support through a public phone vote to remain in the competition. Andrew Lloyd Webber chose from the two acts with the lowest number of votes which one would leave the competition and which one would remain.
Weekly from Saturday 3rd January 2009 to Saturday 31st January 2009
|Judge:||Andrew Lloyd Webber|
It's My Time
Saturday 3rd January 2009
|This programme followed the audition process, culminating in the final six shortlisted acts. |
It also saw Graham Norton and Andrew Lloyd Webber travel across Europe on a quest to find out what makes the ideal Eurovision song, including Andrew Lloyd Webber's meeting Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, and both meeting reigning Eurovision champion Dima Bilan. They also looked around the Olimpiisky Stadium (the venue for the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest) and chatted to Russian Eurovision fans.
Andrew Lloyd Webber also went to Poland and Hungary, discovering that Eastern Europe takes the contest more seriously than the United Kingdom. He also hosted a reception for European Ambassadors, swotted up on his Eurovision knowledge, and wondered why Malta gave Scooch 12 points in 2007!
Following the audition process, the final six acts were announced as:
The first programme averaged 4.9 million viewers, peaking at 5.86 million, and gave BBC One a 21% share of the audience.
|PROGRAMME 2 (Live Show)|
Saturday 10th January 2009
BBC Television Centre
|In order the six acts performed the following songs: (In brackets the original artist who recorded the song).|
|PROGRAMME 3 (Live Show)|
Saturday 17th January 2009
|The show opened with all of the remaining acts performing Brotherhood of Man's Save All Your Kisses For Me - a song that won the Eurovision Song Contest for the United Kingdom way back in 1976.|
In order the five acts performed the following songs: (In brackets the original artist who recorded the song).
|PROGRAMME 4 (Live Show)|
Saturday 24th January 2009
Emperors Of Soul
|The show opened with all the performers singing the 1969 Eurovision Song Contest winner Boom Bang-A-Bang, originally sung by Lulu.|
Each act sang two songs during the live show - one a slower ballad, the other a more up-tempo number. The four acts performed the following songs (In brackets the original artist who recorded the song):
|PROGRAMME 5 (Live Final)|
Saturday 31st January 2009
|The show opened with all the acts performing Making Your Mind Up, the winning Eurovision Song Contest song from Bucks Fizz in 1981.|
Each act sang two songs during the live show including a reprise of a song from earlier in the series as well as the much-anticipated United Kingdom Eurovision entry It's My Time created by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Grammy Award-winning songwriter Diane Warren. The phone lines were opened for the public to vote immediately after the first set of songs had been performed.
The songs were:
Jade Ewen at The Eurovision Song Contest 2009
At The Eurovision Song Contest 2009
|At the final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2009 in Moscow, Russia on Saturday 16th May 2009 , It's My Time finished in 5th place with 173 points.|
Graham Norton provided his first television commentary for BBC One and BBC HD. Ken Bruce provided the commentary for BBC Radio 2.
Paddy O'Connell and Sarah Cawood provided the commentary for BBC Three Television for the semi-finals held on Tuesday 12th May 2009 and Thursday 14th May 2009.