Rumour alert. According to the British tabloid the Daily Star, the BBC is considering whether to bring back the UK national final to allow the public to choose the act for Copenhagen next year.
Since 2011, Auntie Beeb has opted for an internal selection process. Blue missed out on the top 10 at 11th in 2011, Engelbert Humperdinck ended up second last at 25th in 2012 and Bonnie Tyler came 19th earlier this year.
A BBC spokeswoman said last night that she could not elaborate on Eurovision plans for next year and it was “still early days”.
Democracy is not always a good thing. Over the past decade the public’s choices for the UK have mostly been atrocious. Choosing the likes of Jemini, Daz Sampson, Scooch and Andy Abraham suggests the British public still see the Euroivision Song Contest as a cheesy, camp freak show.
On the other hand, there have also been rare moments of glory where the public have made the right decision: Jade Ewen, Jessica Garlick and Javine. Yes, despite her Eurovision result, Javine is on that list as the alternative would have involved sending a pregnant Katie Price to Kiev in 2005.
Should the British public decide? Can they be trusted enough? Will the BBC get it right this time next year?
Photo: Eurovision.tv (EBU)