Eurovision: You Decide will once again select the United Kingdom’s next Eurovision entry.
Today the BBC announced that the submission window for the public to enter songs to the broadcaster is now open. The process is the same as last year, in that all public entries will be considered and then shortlisted by OGAE UK members. BBC are also looking for professional songwriters, with guidance from Hugh Goldsmith, who is the Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC.
Hugh Goldsmith stated:
“The ESC in Lisbon 2018 promises to be yet another fantastic show and I’m determined that we, the UK, are able to build on our excellent showing of 2017 thanks to Lucie Jones’ superlative performance of the powerful ballad, Never Give Up On You. To this end I am, again, looking for songs with emotive lyrics, memorable melodies and brilliant productions. However, success at Eurovision can also be about originality and the element of surprise. So, please also send us your songs if they are creatively fresh, brave and a little bit different!”
Guy Freeman, Editor, BBC Special Events and Formats also said:
“For anyone out there who thinks they have a brilliant song that can resonate with millions of people around the world and the 2018 jurors this is your chance and we’d love to hear from you.”
The final shortlist of songs will then go head to head in the national final, in which viewers will have the chance to vote for their favourite. The BBC have stated that more details will be announced later in the year. Send your submissions to [email protected]
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The United Kingdom debuted in the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and holds the record for the most consecutive appearances in the contest. To date the UK has won the contest a total of five times, the first victory coming in 1967 and the latest in 1997. The UK holds the record for the most second place finishes in the contest, having been runner-up a total of 15 times. Since 2000 the UK has finished within the top.10 only twice, this being in 2002 and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.