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Now in its 65th year, BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 is set to evolve once again – bringing with it a host of new and exciting changes.
For the first time ever, the contenders nominated to be crowned BBC Sports Personality of the Year 2018 will be announced on the night of the show with fewer names in the running. As always, the public will decide who is set to emulate 2017 winner Mo Farah and walk away with the much-coveted trophy.
Please note that the artists appearing may be subject to change.
Young singer/songwriter folk-blues balladeer George Ezra first came to attention when BBC Introducing in his adopted home of Bristol picked up on a handful of tracks posted online. That led to a live session at the legendary Maida Vale studios and an oversubscribed performance on their stage at the 2013 Glastonbury Festival. The singer/songwriter possesses a deep, resonant, and emotionally weathered voice that belies his considerable youth. Influenced by similarly precocious troubadours like Dylan and Hank Williams, Ezra was just 19 when he issued his debut single 'Budapest', a warm, amiable, and soulful slice of classy folk-pop that invoked names like Willy Mason, Ben Howard, Ray Lamontagne and Tom Odell.
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London-based alt-soul songstress with a heart-melting vocal presence and a Billie Holiday influence. The Hackney-born singer draws on diverse influences from her colourful past, including working as a magicians assistant, actress, burlesque performer and trained contemporary dancer, and uses unconventional theatricals and props to make her stage shows original, engaging and magical.
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The wispy pop outfit the Lightning Seeds is essentially the solo project of noted producer Ian Broudie. Following major success on both sides of the Atlantic in the 90s, Broudie made an attempt to modernise the Lightning Seeds’ sound on 1999’s Tilt, but the album's commercial reception was less than overwhelming and he decided to put the group on hiatus. Following the turn of the millennium Broudie produced a number of bands on the Liverpool 'cosmic scouse' scene, including Coral and the Zutons, and 2004 saw the arrival of Tales Told, Broudie's first solo album under his own name. Two years later Broudie re-formed the Lightning Seeds with a new lineup for live appearances, and in May 2009 the group's sixth studio album, Four Winds, was released.
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Freya Ridings was the British breakthrough success story of 2018. Her 2017 song ‘Lost Without You’ peaked at Number 9 in the Official Chart and stayed in the Top 10 for 8 weeks. A hymn to lost love and regret, the single had over 100 million streams in the months following its release and was added to BBC Radio 1, Radio 2 and Capital FM playlists. Contending with being incredibly shy and feeling isolated at school, Freya found her extraordinary voice when she was invited to perform at an open-mic night when she was just 12 years old. Freya has distilled a short lifetime of uncertainty into greatness with one of the most powerful voices in a generation.
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Hyperactive Scottish comedian with a rapid fire delivery and unrelenting style who has been swiftly gaining recognition, including finishing runner up in both the BBC's New Comedy Awards 2001 and the Daily Telegraph New Comedy Awards 20001.
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