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ESC Reporter | May 24, 2017

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BBC searches for an act for Vienna

BBC searches for an act for Vienna
Emma Kiernan

The British broadcaster, the BBC has announced today the methods that they are looking at in order to select the UK entry for Vienna.

As they did last year, the BBC are in talks with various record companies and organizations who represent artists and songwriters, such as BBC Introducing, in order to find a suitable candidate for Eurovision 2015.

This was the method used to select Molly Smitten-Downes last year.

As well as this, the BBC will be considering songs and artists that are sent to them via email. The artists applying in this way must have the necessary amount of experience to represent the United Kingdom in the contest. A panel of music experts will listen to the songs submitted and create a short-list. This will be no later than November 14th.

The short-list will then be considered alongside submitted entries from record labels. The expert panel will ultimately choose which song and artist will represent the UK at Eurovision 2015.

“Alongside finding a brilliant song, we have to find a brilliant performer to interpret it, believe in it and connect with the thousands of fans at the event and the millions watching on TV. That person or group must also be able to handle the massive amount of media interest which becomes a whirlwind around the contest. It’s a big challenge but an amazing opportunity too!”, says BBC executive producer, Guy Freeman.

The closing date for applications is 5pm GMT on November 7th.

You can read the rules and find out how to apply here.

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