BBC today has opened submissions to find the UK entry for the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. BBC also confirms the national selection Eurovision: You Decide will return.
The UK Eurovision Fan Club (OGAE) will again be used to carefully consider and shortlist the public entries. BBC are also seeking entries from professional songwriters, guided by Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.
Hugh Goldsmith says: “The ESC in Lisbon 2018 promises to be yet another fantastic show and I’m determined that we, the UK, are able to build on our excellent showing of 2017 thanks to Lucie Jones’ superlative performance of the powerful ballad, Never Give Up On You. To this end I am, again, looking for songs with emotive lyrics, memorable melodies and brilliant productions. However, success at Eurovision can also be about originality and the element of surprise. So, please also send us your songs if they are creatively fresh, brave and a little bit different!”
Guy Freeman, Editor, BBC Special Events and Formats said: “For anyone out there who thinks they have a brilliant song that can resonate with millions of people around the world and the 2018 jurors this is your chance and we’d love to hear from you.”
Eurovision: You Decide to return
As before, the BBC will showcase the final shortlisted songs on the national selection TV show Eurovision: You Decide. Details are to be announced later in the year.
Lucie Jones won the second Eurovision: You Decide and went on to achieve 15th place at the Eurovision grand final in Kyiv. Lucie was chosen by a jury and the UK public from a selection of six songs. BBC hosted the national selection live at Hammersmith Apollo in London.
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