The BBC has launched its search for the United Kingdom's next Eurovision representative! Public submissions for the 2018 national selection are now open. As last year, a panel from the UK Eurovision Fan Club will shortlist the entries ahead of the live final.
Lucie Jones scored the United Kingdom's best placing in the Eurovision Song Contest since 2011 earlier this year and the search is on to find her successor!
Fresh, brave and different
In addition to public song submissions, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith. "The Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in 2018 promises to be yet another fantastic contest 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," said Goldsmith. The consultant also highlighted the need for originality in song submissions. "Please also send us your songs if they are creatively fresh, brave and a little bit different!” he added.
Guy Freeman, Editor, Special Events and Formats, BBC Studios 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."
A final shortlist of songs, from either route of entry, will again be showcased to TV viewers, who will have the chance to vote for their favourite in Eurovision: You Decide, details of which will be announced later this year.
The closing date for submissions is Friday 27th October. Information on how to submit a song for consideration can be found on the BBC website.