The BBC has today formally launched their search for the nations entry for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
The United Kingdom will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest 2019, with the BBC opening their submissions process for the competition. As with previous years an open call for submissions has been made, with interested participants invited to submit their songs from today. Submissions close for Eurovision: You Decide 2019 on Friday October 26th.
The songs that will take part in Eurovision: You Decide 2019 will be determined in two ways. All of the songs submitted by the open submissions process will be shortlisted by a representative panel of OGAE UK members. Songs that are also being selected from leading professional songwriters, with guidance from Greig Watts who is the new music consultant for the BBC.
Greig Watts stated;
The Eurovision Song Contest just gets bigger and better and more exciting for me each year, and I’m sure Israel will deliver another amazing contest. I’m so happy to be involved this year for the UK; it really is a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to get the strongest possible song and result we can for the UK, like we do on the world music stage. There’s no guaranteed song-writing formula for Eurovision as each year something different wins. I’m looking for melodic songs with impact for the arena as well as on TV. Songs that instantly hit you and never leave your brain!
Greig Watts is the founder of DWB Music which has been heavily involved in the Eurovision Song Contest in the past few years. The company’s collection of songwriters and composers have been behind the entries from Norway (2016), Czech Republic (2017) and Poland (2017 & 2018) as well as numerous selection songs.
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, with their first victory coming in 1967 and their 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 with Jessica Garlick and in 2009 with Jade Ewen.