*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
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.