Since the first announcement in September, we haven’t heard much about the United Kingdom‘s song selection process. But now details have emerged of how OGAE UK are whittling down 300 songs to make their shortlist.
The BBC’s deadline for song applications was 20 November. In the days since then, things have swung into action, with the OGAE UK fan group hard at work assessing 300 songs, playing their part in helping the BBC select the finalists for 2016. Eurovision Ireland has revealed details of the process that the OGAE panel is using.
45 members of OGAE UK make up the selection panel, with members chosen to ensure a diverse mix of people. Those 45 are then split into five groups of nine. Each group has a different set of 60 songs to review and from that, each member will choose their top five. The deadline for this stage is 14 December.
Then from each of the five groups, an overall top five is determined, creating a long list of 25 songs. Finally a new panel of 10 people will assess the 25 songs and create a shortlist which will be presented to the BBC to help determined the songs that will face the public vote.
In addition to this, the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) has been running the Great British Song Competition. At least one song from the competition is guaranteed a place in the UK’s final line-up.
All up, OGAE, BASCA and the BBC’s team have less than a month to make their mind up. The BBC’s website says all successful acts will be notified no later than 1 January 2016.
Then what happens?
From there, the shortlisted songs will be presented to the public in an yet to be determined format. The BBC hasn’t said if this will involve a television show, leading fans to speculate that it could be some sort of web-based presentation or a Red Button event.
The public, along with a jury of experts, will vote for their favourites, with the winning song getting the UK’s ticket to Stockholm.
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