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BBC announces new selection method for Eurovision 2016

BBC Eurovision 2016 selectionThe BBC are determined to make an end to their not so glorious track record in the annual Eurovision Song Contest.

The broadcaster confirmed the news today, it is working with partners who are to select acts and songs, suitable to the contest and present those later next year in a national final format in which the public has a say in who will fly the flag in Stockholm, Sweden in May.

Showing the BBC are heavily interested in the contest, they have appointed Hugh Goldsmith, the former MD of RCA and founder of Innocent Records as their Music Consultant. His role will be primarily to focus on communication with established record labels, publishers, managers, writers and producers, in order to encourage high-level music industry into the competition.

Singers, whether amateurs or professionals, over the age of 18, are able to submit a video of their original song, until November 20. the British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors (BASCA) are also involved this year, and are set to launch a a song-writing competition amongst its members.

The official Eurovision fan club, OGAE, will also be playing a part.

The full statement can be read here

Last year, the UK were represented by Electro Velvet, who finished 24th, with Still in Love With You.