Almost two weeks ago, the BBC revealed that in 2020 it will return to an internal selection for Eurovision.The UK Eurovision broadcaster also revealed it has drafted in music company BMG to help get the right act for the contest.
Alistair Norbury, president, repertoire and marketing UK for BMG has now shed some more light on how BMG is approaching the Eurovision selection in an interview with MusicWeek:
As far as the artist is concerned, Norbury says nothing is being ruled out at this stage.
He says BMG is open to having an unknown performer, working with an “emerging” act or having a former Eurovision act return to the contest.
“The most important thing is to come up with the best song.”
But what would the perfect Eurovision act be without a perfect fitting song? Norbury specified that the song will definitely have a BMG songwriter’s involvement and could also be a co-write. As most of today’s hit songs (including those at Eurovision) have four to five writers, BMG wants to make sure it follows that winning formula. He also says the song is the most important thing for BMG.
It will probably be a hard decision to choose the right songwriters, but one thing BMG won’t struggle for is interest. Norbury shared that there’s already been, “a huge amount interest from the songwriting community,” which should help putting together a perfect songwriting team for the UK.
BMG has started the process by taking feedback from a variety of places. They’ve started with their music publishing team as a base to build from. Their goal is to send the strongest entrant the UK had in a while and Norbury teased that he expects it will be “a very intriguing process”.
In 2019, the United Kingdom chose Michael Rice with ‘Bigger Than Us’ through the national final Eurovision: You Decide. He placed last with eleven points.
What do you think of Norbury’s statements? Do you think it sounds promising? Or would you rather see a national final again? Let us know in the comment section below!