An e-mail from the BBC to an aspiring British Eurovision act offers a unique insight into the shadowy world of the UK’s internal selection process for Eurovision. It suggests that the decision about who will sing in Copenhagen is ongoing.
The United Kingdom of Rock, an upstart band that had hoped to sing for the UK this year, received the following message earlier this afternoon. We have redacted the names of people at the BBC.
From: [email protected]
Sent: 22 January 2014 13:42
To: Matthew Fielder
Subject: ESC Song Submission Update
A while ago you very kindly sent us a song for consideration as the UK entry to the Eurovision Contest. In the interests of fairness, we retained all such entries in order to listen to them all at the same time and compare them in the same conditions and circumstances. This morning we listened to all the tracks, and considered all the important factors: instant appeal, memorable hooks, live vocal impact, how the song builds etc. I’m sorry to say that although the song potentially means a lot to a British audience, the votes in Eurovision are only cast by European viewers and jurors and we felt that some of the references might be lost on that audience. Therefore, I’m really sorry to say that we did not shortlist your song. Nevertheless, we are extremely grateful to you for your interest in the UK entry and of course hope that you find success with the track elsewhere.
On behalf of XXXXX
The e-mail seems to suggest that Geri Halliwell is not a lock to sing for the UK this year and that the BBC is still searching for an artist and song. We’re still convinced they’re considering the likes of Vera Lynn, even if public polls suggest y’all want Little Mix and One Direction.
In any case, we salute the United Kingdom of Rock for giving it a go. Regardless of what you think of their song, their hearts were in the right place. They just want to see Britain soar in Copenhagen. You can purchase their song on iTunes.
Willy Lee Adams contributed this report from London. Follow him on Twitter @willyleeadams. You can also keep up with the latest Eurovision news and gossip by following wiwibloggs.com on Twitter and Facebook.