United Kingdom: BBC will be present in Israel and opens submission window for “Eurovision: You Decide 2019”
The Bristish national broadcaster , BBC, confirmed today that the country will join the party in Israel and will participate in Eurovision 2019 and without losing time began the national selection process by opening the submission window for “Eurovision: You Decide 2019″.
For a successive 4th year the UK will determine its Eurovision acts and entry throug the national final of Eurovision: You Decide. BBC has made a call to composers and act interested to submit their application until 26 October 2018. Once the process of submissions is over, a jury of bristish fans of Eurovision will evaluate the applications and cut down the list of public summissions. BBC is also looking for entries from leading professional songwriters, with guidance from songwriter, publisher and new Music Consultant for the BBC, Greig Watts. However the broadcaster hasn’t specified yet the exact number of entries that will take part in the national final , that will be aired on BBC 2 channel.
— BBC Eurovision🇬🇧 (@bbceurovision) September 19, 2018
Ms. Kate Philips (BBC Entertainment Comissioning Controller) stated:
I’m delighted that You Decide will be returning to BBC Two as the UK’s song search for Eurovision 2019 begins. We want to ensure that we cast the net far and wide to find the best entry possible, so we are really keen to hear from anyone who feels they have a song that has what it takes to do our country proud and bring Eurovision home.
The UK followed the same formula of national selection in 2016 to select Joe and Jake finsished 24th. In 2017 through the same process Lucie Jones was decided to represent the UK ending in the final 15th while this year You Decide 2018 winner, SuRie finished in the 24th place in the grand final.
The United Kingdom participated in the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time in 1957 and has been crowned winner five times (1967, 1969, 1975, 1981, 1997). The UK holds the record of finishing in the 2nd place the most times than every other country in the contest, specifically 15 times. Although big names of the music scene have represented the country in the past ( Sandie Shaw, Olivia Newton John, Lulu, Buckz Fizz, Brotherhod of Man, Cliff Richard, Clodagh Rogers, Mary Hopkin, Michael Ball, Sonia, Gina G, Bonny Tyler) in the latest years its results are rather disappointing for a country with such a big share in the international music industry.
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