United Kingdom: National selection coming back for Eurovision 2016!
After a catalogue of unsuccessful entries for the United Kingdom in Eurovision, it has been reported by the Daily Express that the BBC (the UK’s national broadcaster) is going to ring the changes and go back to public selection of the entry for Eurovision 2016!
Since 2011, the BBC have been responsible for selecting the UK’s act internally. This hasn’t produced great results for the nation in the competition with most entries falling to the bottom of the scoreboard by the end of the night. The most successful act to compete for the UK under the BBC’s internal selection regime was Blue in 2011 with I Can. The band was already commercially successful across Europe and came in at 11th place.
With the United Kingdom’s latest entry, the highly controversial Still In Love With You by Electro Velvet, coming 24th with 5 points it signaled that a return to a public selection couldn’t see the nation do worse than when the act was internally chosen.
Guy Freeman, head of the United Kingdom’s delegation, has said of the news: “This year really will be the biggest song search for Eurovision the BBC has ever undertaken. With input from key industry figures and fan associations, plus with the public having the final say we are looking forward to seeing a true People’s Eurovision entry representing the UK at next year’s competition in Sweden.”
Hugh Goldsmith, who has been a record label executive behind such artists as Atomic Kitten, Billie Piper and Blue, will be taking charge of the venture. It is reported that there will be a closed-jury selection process followed by a public choice of the successful songs and artists. There will be open submission for public entries until November (exact details to follow when they are announced).
After 18 years since the nation’s last win, could this be a positive sign for the UK? Let us know in the comments below!