FAQ – “How can I participate in the Eurovision Song Contest” is by far the most asked question we get via e-mail. Young songwriters and musicians (probably mistaking us for an official Eurovision site) always want to know which steps to take to have their song performed on the Eurovision stage. First of all, the Eurovision Song Contest does not work like a casting show, such as “The Voice” or “Idol”. It is much more complex. You can not submit an application at the EBU (European Broadcasting Union, organizer of the competition) and be selected. Each country is in charge of their own national selection. Almost each country has a different way to chose their entry, the UK and France chose their entries internally in recent years, while Germany and Slovenia held a casting show to find a performer. Other countries have “traditional” national selections, where different artists enter their songs and compete for the national ticket to the Eurovision Song Contest.
What you need to do as a songwriter, if you want to represent your own country, is to find out which selection format your national broadcaster (or the broadcaster in charge of Eurovision) has chosen. If they have an open selection, you may submit your song and can then hope to be chosen.
You also have the option to enter your song into the national selection of another country. However, some countries require songwriters to be a national of that country, (or at least one of the songwriters has to be). Other countries such as Malta, Switzerland and Moldova also allow foreign songwriters. The problem is that many broadcasters change their national selections and the rules almost yearly. You thus need to find out which selections will be open to foreign songwriters and composers.
Most frequently, the deadline to submit entries to the national broadcasters is between September and December. Look out for news on our blog, we will publish calls for songs including the respective rules as soon as they are published.