After months of silence, the BBC has finally made some noise. Tonight, in an announcement by commentator Graham Norton, the UK confirmed that their entry for Eurovision 2020 will be released this Thursday, 27 February.
Graham Norton made the announcement in a brief clip on BBC One.
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The Eurovision commentator confirmed that the UK’s act for Rotterdam will be announced on Thursday morning, 27 February. The song will be debuted on Greg James’ breakfast show on BBC Radio 1 and Ken Bruce’s show on BBC Radio 2.
Radio 2 has been the traditional home of UK Eurovision announcements in recent years, but the move to the more popular Radio 1 breakfast show suggests the UK’s song for Rotterdam may be more in keeping with the chart hits format of Radio 1.
The announcement follows weeks of speculation, with fans eager to learn who will be representing the UK in Rotterdam. Many UK artists attempting to tease an upcoming project on social media have been jumped on by eager Eurovision fans, convinced the post was a reference to Eurovision.
But very soon the speculation will end and the UK will learn who will be flying the Union Jack in Rotterdam.
The UK goes internal
In September 2019, the BBC confirmed it was ditching its national final Eurovision: You Decide and turning to internal selection instead.
The broadcaster has partnered with the music company BMG. At the time of the announcement, the BBC said that BMG shared the vision of “selecting a song with broad international appeal and securing an artist who embodies the spirit and values of the Eurovision Song Contest.”
BBC Studios creative director Kate Phillips said at the time, “This collaboration with BMG, who have access to world-class songwriters, is a genuinely exciting prospect. I am certain that together we can find the best song and artist possible for 2020.”
The format change is a relief for some UK fans who for many years have been frustrated with the UK’s poor results at Eurovision. In the past decade, the best British Eurovision result was in 2011 when boy band Blue placed 11th in the grand final with “I Can”.
Most recently, Michael Rice finished last in the Tel Aviv grand final with his song “Bigger Than Us”.
However, other fans miss the spectacle of the national final and being able to get involved with selecting the UK’s act for Eurovision.
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