The BBC today has opened the public song submissions process to find the UK’s entry for the 62nd Eurovision Song Contest in Kyiv, Ukraine next May.
Information on how to submit a song is available on the BBC Eurovision website, along with the rules of the Contest which apply to songs entered.
Just like last year, where Joe and Jake were selected, public entries will be carefully considered and shortlisted by a representative panel of official UK Eurovision fan club (OGAE UK) members.
At the same time, entries are also being sought from leading professional songwriters, including BASCA members, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.
Last year, Joe and Jake came 24th in the Grand Final with 62 points.
The duo became friends when they both appeared on The Voice UK where they quickly bonded over their love of music.
They won the public vote and went on the represent the UK in Sweeden.
Hugh Goldsmith says: “I am looking for songs which have the capacity to make a true impact on the 200 million people that will watch Eurovision live in May 2017.
Good is not enough…. Great is required! The winning song will need to combine emotive lyrics and memorable melodies with a brilliant production. Writers should not be constrained by genre – Best in class is what we want!
If you think you have the perfect song, we would love to hear from you.”
Guy Freeman, Editor, BBC Special Events and Formats says: “This is the moment for anyone who passionately believes they’ve written an outstanding song that could win over the hearts and minds of millions of European TV viewers and professional juries, to go for it and submit their entry.”
A final shortlist of songs, from either route of entry, will again be showcased to TV viewers, who will have the chance to vote for their favourite in Eurovision: You Decide, details of which will be announced later in the year.
The closing date for submissions is Friday 1 November 2016
The 62nd Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Kyiv, Ukraine on 9, 11 and 13 May 2017.
Information on how to submit a song for consideration can be found on their website here.