With the announcement of Liverpool as the host of Eurovision 2023, the United Kingdom selection process for Eurovision 2023 has been announced. Once more, the UK will be working with TaP Music. The partnership was first announced last year with success for Sam Ryder at Eurovision. The UK finished with their best result since 1998 and its first top 5 since 2009, something the BBC want to see continue.
TaP Music has a plethora of talent internationally. Including artists such as Ellie Golding, Lana del Ray, Mabel and Leigh-Anne Pinnock. TaP and the BBC will work together once more to choose the artist to represent the UK at home.
Ben Mawson and Ed Millett at TaP Music put out this statement;
‘”TaP are very excited to be back working with the BBC to select the UK entry for Eurovision 2023. Last year we wanted to change the narrative around the UK and Eurovision to something much more positive. We focussed on what Eurovision is all about – we found a brilliant artist, an unforgettable song and an incredible person in Sam Ryder – we’re so proud of his fantastic success, coming 2nd in the competition and then achieving a number 1 single.”
A history of selection methods
Over the past 10 years, the BBC has been trying out different ways of selecting their song for Eurovision. After years of internal selections, the BBC returned to a national final in 2016. ‘Eurovision: You Decide’ ran for 4 years with results at Eurovision being underwhelming with the highest placing of 15th in 2017.
A return to internal selection was announced in 2020 with BMG Records taking the reins. James Newman was selected to represent the country in both 2020 and 2021. He finished the contest last with zero points in 2021. In 2021 with TaP Music, Sam Ryder came 2nd place for the 16th time with 466 points. He won the Jury Vote in Turin.
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