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BBC open up search for ‘Eurovision’ 2015 entry to public

By Ryan Love


The BBC has announced that it is allowing members of the public to submit entries for the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2008.

The move comes as the BBC seeks to improve on the UK’s recent placings in the annual music competition. The last time the UK secured a place in the top ten was back in 2009 with Jade Ewen’s My Time, which finished 5th.

In a BBC blog post, executive producer Guy Freeman explained that the corporation will also continue talking to record labels and working with organisations such as BBC Introducing to find the 2015 entrant.

“So, alongside finding a brilliant song, we have to find a brilliant performer to interpret it, believe in it and connect with the thousands of fans at the event and the millions watching on TV,” Freeman said.

“That person or group must also be able to handle the massive amount of media interest which becomes a whirlwind around the contest. It’s a big challenge but an amazing opportunity too!”

The UK last won the competition back in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves, while last year’s entrant Molly finished in 17th place, despite being an early favourite.

The closing dates for entries is November 7, with a panel of experts ultimately deciding on the song and artist that will compete ne.

Meanwhile, former X Factor contestant Kitty Brucknell revealed yesterday (October 6) that she has put herself forward to represent Switzerland at next year’s competition – click here to listen to her entry song Yearning.

The final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 will take place in Vienna, Austria on May 23, 2015.

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