United Kingdom – The BBC are sticking with the process they used last year and have opened up the public song submissions process today to find the UK’s entry for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine. Read on for information on how to submit a song.
As last year, all public entries will be carefully considered and shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision Fan Club (OGAE UK) members. At the same time, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.
Hugh Goldsmith says: “I am looking for songs which have the capacity to make a true impact on the 200 million people that will watch Eurovision live in May 2017. Good is not enough…. Great is required! The winning song will need to combine emotive lyrics and memorable melodies with a brilliant production. Writers should not be constrained by genre – Best in class is what we want! If you think you have the perfect song, we would love to hear from you.”
Guy Freeman, Editor, BBC Special Events and Formats said, “ This is the moment for anyone who passionately believes they’ve written an outstanding song that could win over the hearts and minds of millions of European TV viewers and professional juries, to go for it and submit their entry. ”
A final shortlist of songs, from either route of entry, will again be showcased to TV viewers, who will have the chance to vote for their favourite in Eurovision: You Decide, details of which will be announced later in the year.
If you want to submit a song you have until November 1st 2916. Check out the rules and guidance here.
Last year viewers chose Joe and Jake, who finished in 24th place in the grand final.