United Kingdom: Public decision for Eurovision 2016

The BBC will not pick their act for the Eurovision Song Contest 2016 internal, but the broadcaster will return to a public selection. On the website of BBC’s Media Centre, executive producer Guy Freeman says: “This year really will be the biggest song search for Eurovision the BBC has ever undertaken.”

“With input from key industry figures and fan associations, plus with the public having the final say we are looking forward to seeing a true People’s Eurovision entry representing the UK at next year’s competition in Sweden,” Freeman adds.

With this new format, the BBC hopes to bring the bad results in recent years to and end. According to the statement on the BBC website mentioned above, we can speak of “a new X Factor-style talent hunt encouraging the public to have the final say on who will represent the United Kingdom next spring. Between now and November, up and coming acts will be invited to submit an original track for consideration, after which a specially chosen panel will whittle the entrants down to a final shortlist and viewers will make the ultimate decision on who should fly the Union Jack in Sweden.”