With the 2021 season well and truly underway, fans are very eager to find out what the plans are for the UK this year as the plans for the future. Speaking to Eurovision podcast, The Euro Trip, Series Producer Lee Smithurst discussed many things, including the reasons why they decided for an internal selection this year and their long term plans for the selection process.
A big talking point in particular was when the announcement of the UK entry might be. He stated:
Another talking point was how they ended up working with record label BMG. He said:
He also talked about the scrapped staging plans for 2020 representative James Newman. He stated:
During the interview, there was also mentions about the long term goals of the UK’s approach to Eurovision.
There was also talk about the impact of the disappointing 2019 result, in which the UK’s Michael Rice placed last.
United Kingdom in Eurovision
The UK made their Eurovision debut in 1957 and have taken part in every contest since. They have won the contest 5 times in 1967, 1969, 1976, 1981 and 1997. On top of that they were the runners up 15 times, more than any other country. Some of the most memorable entries include: Congratulations (1968), Making Your Mind Up (1981), Love Shine A Light (1997) and It’s My Time (2009). They were set to participate in 2020 contest with James Newman and his song My Last Breath prior to cancellation. The UK are set to participate in the 2021 contest in Rotterdam in May.
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