Daz Sampson has vowed to return to Eurovision in 2022 if he is unsuccessful in his bid to represent Belarus this year.
Speaking on the latest episode of The Euro Trip podcast, Daz, who represented the United Kingdom in 2006, has opened up about his ambition to return to the contest.
“I tried to go back in 2007 and we had meetings with the BBC but they thought it was too soon. In 2008 we tried again, we had another meeting.”
Ultimately, Daz has yet to return to Eurovision, adding:
“We had a couple of years out of trying then tried again in 2013.”
In 2019, Daz entered the Belarusian selection for the first time with the song Kinky Boots, but failed to progress past the audition stage.
This year, Daz, alongside Katya Ocean is among roughly 50 other songs in the running to represent Belarus in Rotterdam.
The selection process itself is still yet to be decided.
However, if Daz is not chosen to represent Belarus, he has thrown his hat into the ring for 2022, stating simply:
“Come what may, I’ll be back next year.”
It is unlikely that Daz will represent the United Kingdom again, he himself admitting that:
“It is nigh on impossible for any artist, unless you’re on their [the BBC’s] radar, to get involved. The fundamental selection process is flawed.”
You can listen to the full interview with Daz in the latest episode of The Euro Trip.
About The Euro Trip
The Euro Trip is a podcast available on Acast, Apple Podcasts and Spotify with Rob Lilley and James Rowe bringing you a weekly show featuring big guests and fun games from the world of the Eurovision Song Contest.
Brought to you by Eurovoix, every Wednesday Rob and James will be bringing you interviews with some of the biggest names from the contest, finding out what makes them tick and giving us their memories of performing on the Eurovision stage.
Games will also keep the listeners entertained with the European Quiz and the One Second Song featuring in the weekly show. In addition, they’ll also bring you the very latest news.
Hosts Rob and James have been fans of the contest for well over a decade, with Rob having been the presenter of Eurovoix’s Eurojury for the past five years and James having produced the last two editions.
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