The BBC has today announced details on how they’ll be choosing their entry for next year’s Eurovision.
The BBC and their commercial wing BBC Studios will be collaborating with TaP Music, the music publishing and management company behind artists such as Dua Lipa, Lana del Rey and Ellie Goulding.
Key to Tap Music’s plan to reverse the UK’s fortunes is to pull together an ‘A-Team’ committee of the best people in the music industry, spanning the country’s best artists, songwriters, creatives and media, including Dua Lipa, Sir Elton John and Mel C.
Hannah Neaves, creative director at Tap said:
“As of today – we’d like to appeal to the entire music industry to send to us acts for consideration – we can promise to put the best possible team around them on all fronts to give them not just a wonderful opportunity at Eurovision but hopefully for a long career ahead.”
Kate Phillips, controller of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC added:
“In the UK our love for Eurovision is as big as ever and we have grand ambitions for the 2022 Contest, so we’re really excited to announce this collaboration that will enable us to tap into some great music talent.”
Scott Mills said:
“Covering Eurovision for the BBC is one of my favourite times of the year. Hearing TaP’s vision to discover and showcase to the world the rich and diverse depth of musical talent that truly represents the UK at its best has got me even more excited for the 2022 contest than any year since I started in Düsseldorf in 2011.”
A number of big names have also responded to the news, including Elton John, Dua Lipa and Mel C.
Dua Lipa said:
“I’m a proud Brit whilst also being a proud Kosovan… I’m happy to lend my manager to the cause… I’ll be cheering them on!”
Sir Elton John commented:
“British pop music has led the world for seven decades now. The legacy and continued impact it has, makes it one of our Nation’s greatest success stories. In a changing world, we must find new ways for it to continue to thrive. There aren’t many televised events that are as big and genuinely global as Eurovision, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to remind the world yet again of the depth and diversity of our talent. I can’t wait to see what gems our friends at Tap Music will unearth”
Mel C added:
“The Brits make fantastic pop music. Not only that, we invented it! Isn’t it about time we started showing the rest of Europe what we can do and put our best foot forward when it comes to Eurovision? We have so much to offer and I for one, am excited to see a British act at Eurovision that is going to make me and the whole country proud. With TAP at the helm next year, I’m sure that’s what’s going to happen!”
The broadcast of this years Final on BBC One continues to be one of the most popular Entertainment programmes on the BBC, with this years contest reaching an average audience of 7.8 million (BBC 30 Day All Screens) in the UK, making it the most watched Grand Final in the UK since 2014.
The UK finished in last position this year, for the second time in a row.It’s as yet unknown whether the BBC and TaP Music will choose an Internal selection or a National Final for next year.
You can see James perform his song ‘Embers’ below:
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