The United Kingdom may have faced another year of disappointment at Stockholm, but that hasn’t stopped the BBC picking up the pieces.
On Thursday the broadcaster opened their open song submission process for Eurovision: You Decide 2017, with entries accepted until 1 November.
The BBC is using the same system as 2016, with the publicly submitted songs shortlisted by members of the OGAE UK fan club. At the same time, entries will be sought from professional songwriters, under the guidance of music executive Hugh Goldsmith. The BBC have also noted that the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) will again select a song from its members.
From all the shortlisted songs, a professional panel will then select the songs that will compete in the national final, Eurovision: You Decide 2017. Details of the national final show are still to be confirmed by the BBC.
The language used in the press release shows that the BBC is focused on getting good quality entries. The UK’s Eurovision head of delegation Guy Freeman is using very strong, specific language, calling for “emotive lyrics and memorable melodies with a brilliant production” and “an outstanding song that could win over the hearts and minds of millions”. It seems he’s trying hard to stop amateur producers from sending in their bedroom demos with someone mumbling over cheap beats!
The 2016 winner of Eurovision: You Decide was duo Joe and Jake. While their song “You’re Not Alone” only placed 24th in Stockholm, fans generally consider the new national final format to have been a success, a serious improvement over previous years.