A few days ago, the BBC opened their song submissions process and also confirmed that they would once again be using a national final to select their entry for the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, due to be hosted in Kyiv’s International Exhibition Centre next May. This evening, a buzz descended upon various social media channels following a Snapchat post by 2013 Eurovision Song Contest winner Emmelie de Forest. Emmelie’s post revealed that she was currently taking part in a songwriting camp in Copenhagen aimed to create entries for the United Kingdom’s selection process.
“Writing camp for Eurovision songs for the UK Eurovision #medleystudio #copenhagen” – Emmelie de Forest
This will no doubt excited many British and international Eurovision alike considering Emmelie’s Eurovision track record. She sung Denmark’s winning 2013 entry Only Teardrops which was a clear winner ahead of runner-up Farid Mammadov from Azerbaijan. In addition, Emmelie returned to Dansk Melodi Grand Prix this year as a songwriter, penning Anja Nissen’s Never Alone which finished a very close second behind winners Lighthouse X.
The United Kingdom have struggled in recent years at the Eurovision Song Contest achieving just one top 10 finish in their previous 14 contest appearances with Jade Ewen’s 2009 entry It’s My Time. This year, Joe and Jake finished in 24th place with You’re Not Alone. Despite the final placement, 2016 was considered a significant move in the right direction for the BBC.
Could Emmelie de Forest and the rest of the Copenhagen writing camp attendees be responsible for the UK’s 2017 Eurovision entry? Are you glad to see the BBC reaching out to other countries to create potential entries? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!