Since the announcement of Tel Aviv as the host city for the 2019 Eurovision Song Contest, to be held next May, a number of countries have confirmed their participating. This morning, the BBC have confirmed the United Kingdom's participation by opening their annual call for public song submissions - looking for undiscovered talent. This will run in parallel with new Music Consultant for the BBC (and songwriter and publisher in his own right) Greig Watts searching for entries from leading professional songwriters.
In the past, most of the songs chosen to participate in 'Eurovision: You Decide' are from writing camps. The BBC press release hints that songs from both paths will be showcased to the UK public at the national selection show - which will once again be shown on BBC Two. More details about the National Final, including the date and specific format, will be announced later this year.
New music consultant Greig Watts already seems to be embracing his new position with a very enthusiastic statement about the Song Contest: “The Eurovision Song Contest just gets bigger and better and more exciting for me each year, and I’m sure Israel will deliver another amazing contest. I’m so happy to be involved this year for the UK; it really is a dream come true, and I’m looking forward to working with the team to get the strongest possible song and result we can for the UK, like we do on the world music stage. There’s no guaranteed song-writing formula for Eurovision as each year something different wins. I’m looking for melodic songs with impact for the arena as well as on TV. Songs that instantly hit you and never leave your brain!"
Earlier this year, SuRie represented the United Kingdom with her anthemic track 'Storm'. Unfortunately the song only managed a low 24th position in the contest with 48 points. Whilst the position might not be what some fans were expecting, there can definitely be some pride in knowing that SuRie received the highest televote for the United Kingdom since Blue in 2011! We look forward to finding out more details about Eurovision You Decide 2019 and hearing what gems will be in contention to represent the United Kingdom at Tel Aviv!