Guy Freeman, the executive producer of the Eurovision Song Contest shows on BBC, has written a blog about their entry for Copenhagen. All rumours can be put to rest: BBC will not send a well known artist to Copenhagen.
In the blog, Freeman said the British broadcaster had a change of mind this year. Instead of sending a track an artist had already composed, they wanted a contemporary song written especially for the contest. They also scrapped the idea of sending a well known artist to the Eurovision Song Contest.
Instead, they used the broadcaster’s platform where unknown and unsigned artists can promote their songs and music, BBC Introducing. Freeman stated:
Nothing was quite right until we looked at a resource right under our nose: BBC Introducing. This is the gateway for undiscovered and unsigned music makers to upload their best tracks and get them heard and featured by the BBC. Some of the artists who’ve received BBC Introducing support at the start of their careers include Florence and The Machine,Ed Sheeran, Rizzle Kicks and Jake Bugg.
Freeman added that it was important to say that Eurovision is a live contest: autotuning and prerecorded vocals are not allowed and thus they needed an act with live skills. They believe they have now found an act suiting all their visions.
BBC will reveal their song and act for Copenhagen on Monday, 3 March at 20:25 CET in a special show hosted by Scott Mills. The show will be broadcast on the BBC Red Button channel.