10
October
2017

Hungary: A Dal continues in 2018

Hungary: A Dal continues in 2018

Joci Pápai represented Hungayr in Kyiv 2017.

Following the official confirmation of Hungary for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, it has also been revealed that A Dal, the country’s national selection show, will start its seventh season in 2018.

Rules of application do not see many changes compared to previous years, they are basically normal Eurovision rules with some additions.

Performers have to be experienced artists who have already released a music album or whose songs have already been played on national radio or TV channels. Both Hungarian and international songwriters are welcome, but the songs have to be performed by Hungarian citizens or singers who speak Hungarian as their native language. Broadcaster MTVA prefers the songs to be performed in the Hungarian language during A Dal, but songs in English and in any official language of the national and ethnic minorities living in Hungary can also be submitted.

According to MTVA’s press release, we will see multiple preliminary rounds again before the Grand Final, however the number of shows and their dates have not been confirmed yet. There will be three special awards given too during the live shows. A winner will be crowned in the categories of Best Lyrics, Newcomer of The Year, and Best Acoustic Performance.

You can find all the information to apply here and, in case you’re interested, you can already start filling in the application form and upload your song. The deadline to do so is the 15th of November 2017.

In 2017, Hungary was represented by Joci Pápai in Kyiv – who qualified to the Grand Final just like all entrants from the country since 2011 -, and his ethnic song Origo finished in 8th position with 200 points.

Categories: Eurovisionary

09
October
2017

Second Semi-Final: Vote and get involved

Second Semi-Final: Vote and get involved

How to vote in tonight's Eurovision Final? Look for the numbers onscreen when they are announced or download the offical Eurovision App. We'd also love to hear your party shoutouts for Graham to read during the show. Follow our BBC Eurovision feeds on Twitter and Facebook or leave a comment below. Also make your Eurovision party go with a swing with our scorecards!

Categories: BBC News

09
October
2017

Second Semi Final - Who qualified?

Latvia, Georgia, Bulgaria, Australia, Ukraine, Serbia, Poland, Israel, Lithuania and Belgium all qualified last night into tomorrow's Grand Final. There was disappointment in store for Ireland who lost out with Westlife's Nicky Byrne - the fourth year in a row that Eurovision's most successful nation have failed to qualify. Georgia was the shock result of the night, the rank outsiders so far in the competition almost looked surprised themselves during the announcement. Did your favourite make it through? Let us know below.

Categories: BBC News

09
October
2017

Vote and get involved in the Eurovision Grand Final

Vote and get involved in the Eurovision Grand Final

How to vote in tonight's Eurovision Final? Look for the numbers onscreen when they are announced or download the offical Eurovision App. We'd also love to hear your party shoutouts for Graham to read during the show. Follow our BBC Eurovision feeds on Twitter and Facebook or leave a comment below. Also make your Eurovision party go with a swing with our scorecards!

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Categories: BBC News

09
October
2017

Eurovision 2017 - UK song entry now open!

Eurovision 2017 - UK song entry now open!

*PUBLIC SUBMISSIONS FOR 2017 ARE NOW CLOSED*

Today we are opening the public song submissions process to find the UK’s entry for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine next May! Information on how to submit a song is detailed below.

As last year, all public entries will be carefully considered and shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision Fan Club (OGAE UK) members. At the same time, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.

Hugh Goldsmith says: “I am looking for songs which have the capacity to make a true impact on the 200 million people that will watch Eurovision live in May 2017. Good is not enough.... Great is required! The winning song will need to combine emotive lyrics and memorable melodies with a brilliant production. Writers should not be constrained by genre - Best in class is what we want! If you think you have the perfect song, we would love to hear from you.”

Guy Freeman, Editor, BBC Special Events and Formats said, “ This is the moment for anyone who passionately believes they've written an outstanding song that could win over the hearts and minds of millions of European TV viewers and professional juries, to go for it and submit their entry. "


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 in the year.

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR EUROVISION ENTRY


• If you would like to submit an entry, it must adhere to the EBU competition rules
• The song must not exceed 3 minute duration
• All vocals must be performed live
• No more than 6 people can take part in the performance
• The song must not have been publicly released before 1st September 2016; it should not have been performed in public or officially published on any media including but not limited to radio, TV and the Internet
• The song cannot be a cover or sample another artist’s work
• The song must be original with regards to songwriting and musical instrumentation
• Each singer/s must be 18 years old on or before 1st January 2017
• Composers and song writers may only submit one entry
• The closing date for entries is Tuesday 1st November 2016
• The BBC reserves the right to use a performer of its choice for any song submitted for consideration. Employees of the BBC and EBU or their close relatives or anyone connected with the contest are not eligible to enter
• The right is reserved to cancel the contest at any stage or amend any of the terms or details if necessary
• The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any failure in the postal system, any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in an entry not properly registered
• These terms are governed by the law of England and Wales

To register your interest in representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, please email the title of your song, the name of your artist(s) and the name of your composer(s) to the following email address: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please do not attach your video to the email. Terms and Conditions apply.

Within 72 hours of sending the email you will receive instructions on how to upload your video to the BBC Eurovision portal.

Categories: BBC News

09
October
2017

Eurovision: You Decide is back!

Eurovision: You Decide is back!

Eurovision: You Decide, our national song selection for the UK entry returns! The show will take place on Friday 27 January 2017, live from London's world-famous Eventim Apollo, Hammersmith.

This year, for the first time, it will be broadcast live on BBC Two at 19.30 with self-confessed Eurovision superfan, Mel Giedroyc, returning as presenter.

After a nationwide search, the 90-minute show will feature performances of six brand new songs. The performers will take to the stage in a bid to impress both the viewers at home and a professional panel. They will compete for the honour of representing the United Kingdom at the Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 in Kyiv, Ukraine. The winner will be revealed on the night after a live public vote.

A panel of three experts will be on hand to provide insight and their thoughts about the songs and the artists, and how they could translate the performance to the Eurovision Final in Ukraine.

These six competing songs will be revealed on Monday 23rd January on The Ken Bruce Show on BBC Radio 2 and here on the official BBC Eurovision site!

Presenter, Mel Giedroyc said, “I am positively giddy for Eurovision 2017 and chuffed that Eurovision: You Decide is back! I’ve been hearing great things about the standard of the songs this year and I just wish January would hurry up so that I can hear the songs and meet the performers! We’ve got an even bigger venue, exciting guest performers and a brilliant expert panel. It’s going to be great.”

Click here for ticket information. The night will also feature performances from musical guests soon to be announced.

BBC Four will broadcast both semi-finals of the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May. The Grand Final itself will be broadcast on BBC One on Saturday 13 May 2017.

The BBC opened the submissions for public entries on the 6th October 2016, they are being carefully considered and shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision fan club (OGAE UK) members. At the same time, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, including BASCA members, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.

Categories: BBC News

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