United Kingdom – After Engelbert Humperdink’s disappointing result at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the BBC was faced with criticism about their way of choosing the British entry. Furthermore, many Brits blamed the voting patterns at Eurovision for the bad result and called for a withdrawal of the country. Now, the Daily Mail reports that the BBC has no intention of withdrawing and will discuss a new form of national selection in the coming weeks. The most probable outcome is a televised national final.
Despite the disappointing British result, Eurovision was once more a ratings success for the BBC which currently has to deal with dropping viewing figures of the “The Voice…” series. A withdrawal is thus out of the question. Furthermore, the costs of Eurovision for the BBC are minimal compared to other Saturday evening programs.
The last time the UK chose their entry in a national final was in 2008. Andy Abraham represented the Kingdom and came shared last with only 14 points. Jade Ewen and Josh Dubovie were selected by the public as well, but the entry was predetermined, the songwriters having been internally selected.