The Sun reports that Jessie J is on the BBC’s wishlist to compete at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021.
The BBC is reported to have started looking towards Eurovision 2022 and forming its list of artists it wants to approach to compete in the competition. According to a source speaking to The Sun newspaper:
The production team are desperate to make a fresh start after this year’s flop and are trying to lure top talent with promises of lucrative record sales and international exposure.
They are determined to come back fighting and think Jessie would be perfect. She has a huge following in Europe.
But Jessie is in demand, so pinning her down might be harder than they think.
The BBC has used a number of different selection methods for the Eurovision Song Contest in the past decade. Currently, the broadcaster has an agreement with BMG to work with the label to select the nation’s Eurovision entry. The deal, which began in 2020, aims to turn around the UK’s fortunes at the contest.
At the 2021 contest in Rotterdam, James Newman finished 26th out of 26 in the Grand Final failing to score a point from either the jury or the public, the first ever act at the contest to fail to do so.
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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, 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.