In an interview with BBC Newsbeat’s Steve Holden, Ben Mawson has revealed more details regarding TaP Music’s plans for Eurovision.
Featured on The Euro Trip, BBC Newsbeat’s Steve Holden spoke with Ben Mawson from TaP Music about their plans for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. It was revealed in the interview that discussions at TaP Music regarding potentially getting involved with Eurovision started over the summer.
There is a recognition from TaP Music that any artist that is selected for the contest needs to be a competent live singer and be able to fill an arena on the night. Ben Mawson explained that there is an element of having to battle against public opinion of the contest, explaining:
“There is a general cynicism from the British public which isn’t shared in Europe, huge all over Europe, everyone takes it very seriously and we don’t.
We’re going to take it seriously and we are gonna apply everything we apply to the development of an artist and finding the right song…we want to try and do is get everyone behind what we are doing”
There is a general feeling from Ben that the United Kingdom’s act is likely to be an upcoming singer and is unlikely to be an established act, however, however nothing has been decided at this point. Currently Ben states that “we are open to all possibilities”.
TaP wants to bring in the team that works with its artists such as Dua Lipa on staging etc. to work on the contest and “make sure they (the selected artist) have the best possible chance”.
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 failing to do so.
The BBC has used a number of different selection methods for the Eurovision Song Contest in the past decade. Most recently, the broadcaster had an agreement with BMG to work with the label to select the nation’s Eurovision entry. The deal, which began in 2020, aimed to turn around the UK’s fortunes at the contest. Going forward into 2022 the BBC will no longer work with BMG as a partner Eurovision at the BBC.
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: The Euro Trip & Steve Holden
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.