The BBC is asking the public to submit entries for the UK’s entry to next year’s Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 2008.
The broadcaster has said it will consider video submissions in an open call to find “a brilliant song” and a “brilliant performer”.
But Guy Freeman, in charge the UK’s bid, said they would still work with record labels to find a suitable entry.
The 2015 contest will be held in Vienna after Austria’s victory this year.
“Bearded lady” Conchita Wurst won convincingly with Rise Like a Phoenix, which Freeman described in a blog post as a worthy winner in which “the sum of the parts – song, performance and staging”, came together “perfectly”.
The UK’s song, Children of the Universe, performed by Molly, finished in 17th place.
The singer-songwriter was selected internally to perform in Copenhagen through the BBC Introducing scheme for emerging artists, which Freeman has said could still provide an entry for the UK in the Austrian capital next May – the 60th edition of Eurovision.
In recent years the BBC has moved away from a televised competition – and a public vote – to pick the song and singer for the annual contest.
Boy band Blue and veteran performers Bonnie Tyler and Engelbert Humperdinck, along with their respective songs, were picked by the broadcaster and failed to make the top 10.
Humperdinck fared the worst of the trio, finishing a lowly 25th.
Well-known composers Pete Waterman (2010) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (2009) provided the entries for previous contests, with the West End musical maestro giving the UK a top five placing.
The performers, including Jade Ewen who sang Lord Lloyd-Webber’s It’s My Time, were chosen by …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment