PHOTO: EBU / CORINNE CUMMING

Ahead of Eurovision 2022, the BBC handed the reigns over to TaP Music — the company behind Ellie Goulding and Lana del Rey, to choose its Eurovision song and artist. Now, following their successful launch of Sam Ryder into the Eurovision stratosphere, the company has been invited back to do it all over again for the 2023 song contest. 

“We are thrilled that Ben Mawson and Ed Millett plus the team at TaP will once again bring their unrivalled expertise to work with the BBC and BBC Studios to find an act and song to represent the UK at Eurovision,” says the BBC’s commissioning editor Rachel Ashdown.

“I hope we can find another artist who will not only be a brilliant ambassador for Eurovision but like Sam will sing their head off with a stand out song.”

Ben Mawson and Ed Millett from TaP Music spoke as one, issuing this statement: 

“TaP are very excited to be back working with the BBC to select the UK entry for Eurovision 2023. Last year we wanted to change the narrative around the UK and Eurovision to something much more positive. We focused on what Eurovision is all about — we found a brilliant artist, an unforgettable song and an incredible person in Sam Ryder – we’re so proud of his fantastic success, coming 2nd in the competition and then achieving a number 1 single.” 

Prior to confirming Sam Ryder as the Eurovision 2022 artist and singer, TaP released his single “SPACE MAN,” allowing the song to get air time and marinate in the minds of fans. This let the public get to know the song without any Eurovision-related branding (and, let’s face it, without the stigma that had, for so many years, been attached to British entries at home). It’s not clear if they’ll pursue a similar strategy this year.

TaP’s stable of artists is vast and rich, with names like Chelcee Grimes, Dope Lemon, Leigh-Anne Pinnock, London Grammar and more. Who stands out to you? Let us know in the comments box below!

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PP77
PP77
17 days ago

UK would be out of TOP 5 without war in Ukraine, juries pushed sonjard UK in voting because EBU wants to UKnhost contest next year . Ukraine would be out of TOP 10 without war .

Fatima
Fatima
15 days ago
Reply to  PP77

Thanks for the update

Tomi
Tomi
11 days ago
Reply to  PP77

Regarding the UK. That is my opinion as well, PP77. But it’ll be very unpopular here. On the other hand, Ukraine would still have sneaked into the lower TOP10. Methinks.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
18 days ago

Unrelated, but it’s sad news about the Queen- has she ever commented on the contest? And of all the times it’s been held in the UK, has she ever been invited?

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
16 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Apparently Charles is a fan of Eurovision, not sure about the Queen.

Luke B
Luke B
16 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

The Duchess of Cambridge, now the Princess of Wales, met Sam Ryder at Buckingham Palace for the Jubilee concert, where she reportedly told him that the royals had followed his Eurovision journey with interest.

Karl
Karl
18 days ago

The UK need to send Musical Youth.

Dida
Dida
19 days ago

2022 was simply lucky for UK. Also, EBU pushed BBC’s luck by erasing votes of 6 countries and giving high points to UK. They didn’t give only 2-3 points, oh no. EBU, on behalf of Georgia, Romania, San Marino, Montenegro and Azerbaijan gave only 8, 10 and 12 points, securing UK’s high ranking and knowing the runner-up will be the 2023 host. UK must have complained and even threatend to withdraw for their lack of success in the past 20 years. 0 points few years in a row (from both juries and televote)… But that will happened again, after 2022… Read more »

Esc addict
Esc addict
19 days ago
Reply to  Dida

What a sore loser! Don’t be envious like that! Uk did better than Spain deal with it… moral winner and real runner-up of 2022… but LOL! Never sorry. You have forgotten that your Spain is a big 5 member too maybe…so your theory doesn’t make sense as your entire comment. #Jealousy…..

Fatima
Fatima
19 days ago
Reply to  Dida

The main ‘luck’ Dida, was that they did indeed find brilliant ambassador for Eurovision who sung his heart out with a memorable song and performance!

Jofty
Jofty
18 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

Do you think that he would have finished in the same position if he had performed Embers or One Last Breath?

Fatima
Fatima
18 days ago
Reply to  Jofty

He might have done so Jofty. I think he would have had a better chance with One Last Breath.

Jofty
Jofty
18 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

Agree

:::
:::
19 days ago
Reply to  Dida

Spain received points from those juries as well (San Marino even gave 10 points to Spain). Also, the jury results are not random or based on the EBUs taste. They’re generated based on the results of the other countries in their pots in the allocation draw back in January (that’s why Azerbaijan and Georgia voted exactly the same).

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
18 days ago
Reply to  Dida

Sooo instead of blaming the countries commiting fraud you blame the algorithm? Do you think all votes are fake for that matter? Because spain or UK would have gotten second place even without the voting scandal you know that right?

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
18 days ago
Reply to  Dida

The only thing that should enrage TVR is the fact they’re an absolute joke and a national embarrassment, instead they’ve still got clueless people writing nonsense on their behalf.

Mr X
Mr X
18 days ago
Reply to  Dida

And what about the 12 points for Spain givenby San Marino ???????????????

nikki
nikki
18 days ago
Reply to  Dida

Will Spaniards ever get over it already? You remind people of the turkish fandom that still hasn’t gotten over the fact that Lena won over maNga

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
18 days ago
Reply to  Dida

HAH! Spain didn’t even get 2nd place so how can they be the moral winner. Give it up. The Spanish televote at Benedormfest didn’t even want Chanel!

Pops
Pops
15 days ago
Reply to  Dida

utter rubbish

PuppetOnAString
11 days ago
Reply to  Dida

Spain was never gonna win and in a regular probably lower than 3rd lol. Be grateful ya’ll flop for once.

Trocatroc
Trocatroc
19 days ago

I’m so pleased to hear this. Their main objectives should be finding someone with:

– A fantastic voice
– Charisma on stage
– A great song

Tap – please stick to this recipe and don’t forget the importance of staging!

Laura
Laura
11 days ago
Reply to  Trocatroc

I don’t understand why people behave like Tap Music are amateurs when they definitely are not.

Luke B
Luke B
19 days ago

So glad we’ve finally got this announcement. Makes total sense – why fix what’s not broken? I suspect TaP will choose someone who is up-and-coming again. Hopefully a woman, though. And something a bit more up-tempo. We’ve had a lot of ballads.

Hikaru
Hikaru
19 days ago

For me, I would like to see James TW or Chelcee Grimes

Una
Una
19 days ago

One of my wishes re: UK is *diversity*. They have sent overwhelmingly white solo artists in recent times last time being in 2009. Non-white artists relegated to supporting roles like backing vocals or dancers is a very bad look for a country as diverse as the UK.

Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
19 days ago
Reply to  Una

Is there something wrong with being white or something?

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago

Is there something wrong with being British-Asian or something? I don’t remember any performers from that background representing the UK in the 65 years they’ve been in the contest.

James
James
19 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Unless we count Cliff Richards who was born and raised in India and his family, though fully British, were also born and raised there for several generations when it was still a UK colony.

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago
Reply to  James

I suppose that’s one side of the imperial story. Wikipedia tells me the family moved back to England after Indian independence in 1947, though, he would have been very young.

Fatima
Fatima
19 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

It’s a good point Jonas, I’ve long advocated that the BBC Asian Network should be involved in the selection of the UK entry but there seems to be zero interest in the contest from that area. It works both ways.

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago
Reply to  Fatima

Maybe if there was more visible inclusion interest would grow.

Fatima
Fatima
18 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

It would, but I think you need some interest in the first instance, and I haven’t noticed that.

europotato
europotato
9 days ago
Reply to  Jonas

Rina Sawayama, that is all! 🙂

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
19 days ago
Reply to  Una

Personally I’d love to see a Scot represent the UK once more. The last time was in 1987 but hey, as long as we have an amazing song and act I don’t care.

Gaga
Gaga
19 days ago
Reply to  Una

They had one in 2008. Why do you bring in the race issue? Sorry, but have to strongly disagree with you.

Gaga
Gaga
19 days ago
Reply to  Una

Jade from 2009 had an astonishing result with Andrew Lloyd Webber. UK is more diverse than any other country in the contest.

Jonas
Jonas
19 days ago
Reply to  Gaga

Why has the UK’s colonial history with India never been reflected?

Zisk
Zisk
18 days ago
Reply to  Gaga

UK is more diverse than any other country in Eurovision?
France:
2021 – First Generation Iranian
2019 – First Generation Moroccan
2016 – First Generation Tunisian
2014 – Two First Generation Algerian + one Zairean
2012 – Indonesian
2010 – Congolese

UK:
Two members of Blue

Emilio
Emilio
16 days ago
Reply to  Zisk

Finally it is pointed out that France always brings so diversity. It is a good representation of the melting pot contemporary French society is.

One thing: I noticed you mentioned (probably for the sake of your statement) only non-European nations and ethnicities. But there is more. For example, Barbara is close to her Serbian background as much as the Iranian background.

Gaga
Gaga
19 days ago
Reply to  Una

2008 l, too. Btw

Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
19 days ago
Reply to  Una

I mean we did have our first ever non-white spokesperson this year

PuppetOnAString
18 days ago
Reply to  Una

There have been Black people in You Decide that simply didn’t deliver. They should pick the artists based on the song, not their skin colour.

Jonas
Jonas
18 days ago

Nobody disagrees with that, it’s about everybody getting an equal chance.

PuppetOnAString
11 days ago
Reply to  Una

Just say you want PoC regardless of song quality. This is a song competition, not a charity for anyone

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
19 days ago

I don’t think TaP are going to be restricted to artists currently under the label and will take a similar approach as they did with Sam.
I know we’re just basing it off one entry but it seems to me as if they might know a good song when they see it and aren’t going to close any doors. I think it’ll be an extensive search and (hopefully) another excellent submission.

Una
Una
19 days ago
Reply to  Briekimchi

They’ll spend a lot of money on hosting the contest so they’d better have a great act to make British people proud.

Laura
Laura
11 days ago
Reply to  Una

The artist will be funded and supported by their record label not the BBC.

Joe
Joe
19 days ago

…well, yeah. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. I’m glad the team at TaP and the BBC understood why they did well this year so specifically, since there have been too many instances where the UK makes a fluke comeback or left-hand result and takes the wrong thing away from it. They saw Jade Ewen’s result and didn’t think it was because the song was good and she could sing well, but because of the songwriters’ name recognition, which is how we got Waterman and “That Sounds Good to Me.” Then Blue got them back on the left-hand side… Read more »

Meckie
Meckie
19 days ago

UK better deliver like Italy, instead of doing another Germany 2018/19, France 2021/22. Same goes for Spain by the way.

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
18 days ago
Reply to  Meckie

France 2022 is a poor example tho, Fulenn is one of their best ever.

Henno
Henno
19 days ago

We’re living in the era of Big 5 dominance, baby. Come on Germany, time to do your thing…

Meckie
Meckie
19 days ago
Reply to  Henno

Germany doing well at Eurovision. What an old fashioned idea. That’s so 2018!

Riley
Riley
19 days ago

I hope the Big 5 continue to have success, as a fan it makes me happy the UK, France and Spain are all on the top again! It also keeps the contest more exciting when pre-qualified songs do well and don’t stick to the bottom of the scoreboard. I’m hoping this year a semi final qualifier comes last, the last time that happed (iirc) was 2013

Whisker
Whisker
19 days ago

I wish that next year BBC and TaP and act will top UK 2022.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
20 days ago

I didn’t like Space Man. I’m just fed up of UK sending pop songs. I want them to try with something else.

Pops
Pops
19 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

weird comment after the second placing last year, OK the tele-voters had it slightly lower in the ranks but clearly millions of viewers across Europe liked it and voted?
what would you suggest the UK sends?

Whisker
Whisker
19 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

Epic.bagpipes.please.

PuppetOnAString
11 days ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

They sent smth different in 2015 and flopped so

just an esc fan
just an esc fan
20 days ago

Happened to attend their concert in Athens. Unfortunately, they were overshadowed by Hooverphonic and LP. I’m not saying they wouldn’t be a good choice, but this was definitely not one of their best shows. Still, would be amazing to watch them perform in ESC.

Vivian
Vivian
20 days ago

I hope that it won’t have a Jade Ewen -> Josh Dubovie scenario again. That’s all I hope for. I think this alone is a solid choice logic-wise

Laura
Laura
19 days ago
Reply to  Vivian

The team are TAP Music are young and scout talent all the time. Ben Mawson’s wife hosted Eurovision after Austria won. Pete Waterman was responsible for the 2010 song which was old fashioned and dated like him and Josh wasn’t experienced at all. In May Ben said it should be easy for the UK should send someone with a record label but instead they sent amateurs.

Laura
Laura
20 days ago

They don’t need to be associated with TAP Music but they will have a record label. Ben Mawson said last time they looked for “a talent that has both an incredible voice – because live vocals to 200 million people is no easy feat – as well as having incredible stage presence and an unforgettable song”

Ted
Ted
20 days ago

excellent news.
BBC & TaP… Let’s do this!!

Henno
Henno
20 days ago

If the collaboration got to 2nd place in 2022, Ukranian war notwithstanding…there is no reason it can’t take the top spot in 2023. Bring it on! UK2024.

Rifki
Rifki
20 days ago

great that they collab with TaP again. TaP now seems to understand Eurovision.
.
just one more hope: a Melfest-like national selection show starting in 2024, with lavish production, as if Eurovision was hosted/produced, and high quality from each of the entries. they can still collab with TaP even if it’s through a national selection show.