In the last few minutes the BBC, national Eurovision broadcaster for the United Kingdom, has confirmed in a press release the recent rumours – the UK will decide its song for Eurovision for 2016!
The format of the shows themselves are yet to be confirmed but the BBC have wasted no time in organising a search for a song and an open submission process has begun, which will run until 20th November 2015. A specialist panel will select the final shortlist who will be presented to the public, with one act winning the UK’s golden ticket to the Eurovision final in Stockholm.
To help the process, the BBC has reached out to the OGAE UK fanclub, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors and an expert panel of music industry workers to cut down the submissions to the final selection. It is currently unknown when the BBC plans to stage the final selection, although previous national finals have often taken place in March.
The move follows another poor showing for the United Kingdom, after Electro Velvet could only gather 5 points for their entry “Still In Love With You” in Vienna. The last British participant chosen via public vote was Josh Dubovie in 2010 who finished last in Oslo.
Details of submission and further details regarding the selection can be found HERE.
What do you think of this news? Will you be submitting an entry?