UK – It’s been revealed today that a new “X Factor-style talent hunt encouraging the public to have the final say on who will represent the United Kingdom next spring” is to be launched by the BBC to choose its Eurovision representative in 2016.
According to a British newspaper, Hugh Goldmsith, a record label exec who helped take Atomic Kitten, Billie Piper and Blue to the top of the charts, is taking the lead for the project.
He was quoted as saying,
“I think it really shows that they take the competition seriously and the fact that the public will get the final say on who is sent to represent the UK in Stockholm next year is the icing on the cake!”
The BBC’s Guy Freeman added: “This year really will be the biggest song search for Eurovision the BBC has ever undertaken.
“With input from key industry figures and fan associations (ooh will OGAE UK get a say? – Editor), plus with the public having the final say we are looking forward to seeing a true People’s Eurovision entry representing the UK at next year’s competition in Sweden.”
The UK used to use the public to decide on its representative. Eurovision: Your Country Needs You was a BBC TV show broadcast annually to select the United Kingdom’s entry into the Eurovision Song Contest. The show had previously gone under several other names, including Festival of British Popular Songs, Eurovision Song Contest British Final, The Great British Song Contest, Eurovision: Making Your Mind Up and Eurovision: Your Decision but was known, for most of its history, as A Song for Europe. The most recent name and format was adopted in 2009, but since 2011, the UK representation has been selected internally, resulting in Your Country Needs You being suspended.
The last UK entry selected by the public was Josh Dubovie who finished 25th. The year before Jade Ewan finished a respectable 5th.
UK fans… are you pleased that it looks like you’ll get to vote for the act again?!