Earlier today, the BBC unveiled its new selection method for Eurovision 2022. Now pop icons Dua Lipa and Sir Elton John are backing the plan and lending their support.
BBC Studios, which produces the BBC’s coverage of Eurovision, will now collaborate with TaP Music — the global music publishing and management company behind global stars like Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Ellie Goulding.
And Dua Lipa has come out in support of the new selection method. The pop diva said, “I’m a proud Brit whilst also being a proud Kosovan. I’m happy to lend my manager to the cause. I’ll be cheering them on!”
Dua Lipa is currently riding high with the international success of “Cold Heart (Pnau remix)”, a collaboration with the pop legend Sir Elton John.
The iconic pop pianist has also put his weight behind the BBC’s new collaboration with TaP Music. Sir Elton said, “There aren’t many televised events that are as big and global as Eurovision, so it’s a wonderful opportunity for us to remind the world yet again of the depth and diversity of our talent. I can’t wait to see what gems our friends at TaP Music will unearth.”
The Spice Girl’s power vocalist Mel C also had supportive comments. She said, “The Brits make fantastic pop music. Not only that, we invented it! Isn’t it about time we started showing the rest of Europe what we can do and put our best foot forward when it comes to Eurovision?”
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BBC radio reporter Steve Holden revealed some more details about the selection process. He spoke to TaP Music’s Ben Mawson who confirmed that Britain’s artist for Turin had no yet been selected. The music manager said “We should focus on getting some really special music and a really special artist that represents Britain in the best possible way.”
2/ According to Ben, no artist or song has been picked yet but he says “we should focus on getting some really special music and a really special artist that represents Britain in the best possible way”. #Eurovision
— Steve Holden (@SteveHReports) October 20, 2021
While TaP Music has plenty of famous music stars on its roster, there is no suggestion that one of its A-list acts will be heading to the Turin stage in May. However, the label also has relationships with talented up-and-coming acts — who may see Eurovision as a good way to take their music career to the next level.
The BBC’s new collaboration with TaP Music brings an end to the broadcaster’s short-lived partnership with music company BMG, which it announced in September 2019. That resulted in the selection of James Newman for Eurovision 2020 and, following its cancellation, his re-selection for Eurovision 2021. His song “Embers” finished last with zero points from both the public and professional jury.
What do you think? Is it a good sign that Dua Lipa and Elton John are supporting the UK’s new Eurovision plans? Which TaP Music artist would you like to see represent the UK in Turin? Tell us your thoughts below!