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I mean no thanks to these people, but with the recent popularity of all things Y2K a nod to that, if done well could be really interesting.
 

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I never wanted Steps at ESC from the UK, not in this time with how we treat it. If we took the contest super serious then i'd support it. I want them even less now given the constant rubbish they say about Eurovision.

Vengaboys has Darude 2.0 written all over it. They have their nostalgic hits, but they're literally nothing now. :'D
 

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I never wanted Steps at ESC from the UK, not in this time with how we treat it. If we took the contest super serious then i'd support it. I want them even less now given the constant rubbish they say about Eurovision.

Vengaboys has Darude 2.0 written all over it. They have their nostalgic hits, but they're literally nothing now. :'D
Aren't that purpose of returnee acts just have another nostalgic hit in Eurovision fandom ?
But yeah I see the point of yours.... I know they won't do it just I prefer them over Steps lol....
 

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Yearly Foxes request with her new song out 20 minutes ago:

 
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Seeing the list of rumours and speculations so far this year makes me prefer the option of withdrawing. :sneaky:
While most people think the UK will never withdraw, the recent appointment of Nadine Dorries as culture secretary and John Whittingdale wanting to push through new laws requiring UK broadcasters to only show "distinctly British" content is quite worrying fir the future (in could also mean no more AEW or Walking Dead on out screens if they get their way)
 

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Without going into politics in a thread that isn't about it I really wouldn't worry about those new laws. Its political fluff designed to sound good to their base but really doesn't mean anything in practise and if it does it means showing a certain percentage of content which is British made/funded/and possibly staring or written by British talent. Or alternatively means content that promotes British values but again would likely be as a percentage.

The only way this would at all impact Eurovision would be, as we saw in the fall out of this years contest, greater political pressure on the BBC to not fool about with the contest any more and to put forwards acts that actually represent the British music scene as it currently stands and not artists and music styles that are dated in some way or were never relevant to begin with.

They wouldn't be doing it out of the goodness of their heart or a secret love of the contest. Its about them keeping the BBC on a short leash and avoiding any potential political embarrassments that arise from a bad result for the UK at the contest.

Even with all this said, the UK isn't going to pull out. Because there will be another broadcaster more than willing to take up the role of doing it that will be under less scrutiny than the BBC is thus they'd get wiggle room around any laws that may or may not be in place.
 

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While most people think the UK will never withdraw, the recent appointment of Nadine Dorries as culture secretary and John Whittingdale wanting to push through new laws requiring UK broadcasters to only show "distinctly British" content is quite worrying fir the future (in could also mean no more AEW or Walking Dead on out screens if they get their way)
Yeah that's never happening - there will always be plenty of private satellite/streaming channels that will pick up the international shows, although granted it might have somewhat of an impact on the state-run (i.e.) BBC channels' shows.
 

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There is talk of the Vengaboys wanting to represent the UK. I mean, if the UK wanted someone from another country to represent them, a much better choice would be Tenille Townes, who is a Canadian country singer. More appropriate given Canada's British connection.
 

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I really want London Grammar to represent us, some of their recent songs have been fantastic, their song "Lose your head" was recently used in the closing montage for the Champions League Final on BT Sport.

To get more popular starts involved, need to give artists full control over the staging etc, make it personal to them and let them decide it, It shouldnt be the BBC.
 

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Without going into politics in a thread that isn't about it I really wouldn't worry about those new laws. Its political fluff designed to sound good to their base but really doesn't mean anything in practise and if it does it means showing a certain percentage of content which is British made/funded/and possibly staring or written by British talent. Or alternatively means content that promotes British values but again would likely be as a percentage.

The only way this would at all impact Eurovision would be, as we saw in the fall out of this years contest, greater political pressure on the BBC to not fool about with the contest any more and to put forwards acts that actually represent the British music scene as it currently stands and not artists and music styles that are dated in some way or were never relevant to begin with.

They wouldn't be doing it out of the goodness of their heart or a secret love of the contest. Its about them keeping the BBC on a short leash and avoiding any potential political embarrassments that arise from a bad result for the UK at the contest.

Even with all this said, the UK isn't going to pull out. Because there will be another broadcaster more than willing to take up the role of doing it that will be under less scrutiny than the BBC is thus they'd get wiggle room around any laws that may or may not be in place.

Agreed, there is always a way around it.

Even if the BBC did decide to withdraw, another broadcaster would quickly pick it up, ie: ITV or Channel 4.
 

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So I just looked up, and this might be someone along the lines misinterpreting something, but it appears that Little Boots isn't just writing a song for Eurovision she is recording one too (most likely the same one). So if that is the case we know that she might well be in the running for the UK in 2022.

Granted we won't know for certain either way till closer to the contest, but in the mean time I can't wait to spend January thru February worried it will be an act I don't like only to get one I haven't heard of. Or have heard of and am surprised they are still alive.
 

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What we do know is that the deadline to confirm participation passed on the 16th September and the deadline to confirm non-participation without facing a financial penalty passes on the 11th October.

My presumption is that we will get formal confirmation of whats going on from the BBC in the not too distant future.
 

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Afaik neither the BBC or any ESC news site reported the UK as a confirmed particpant until the final offical list was presented, but as it turned out the BBC had already been making ESC moves since August when they officially invited James back
 
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