Junior Eurovision 2023: Listen to the United Kingdom’s entry!

Eurovision nerds would definitely notice that Junior Eurovision 2023 marks the first edition in Junior Eurovision history that all BIG-FIVE countries will meet on stage.

The United Kingdom is not an exception. In fact, along with Spain, they were the first to represent the “BIG-FIVE” at the children’s contest, debuting in the inaugural contest, in 2003. After an absence of 17 years, the United Kingdom returned in 2022. The great success of Freya last year in Yerevan, who managed to win the online voting, finishing fifth overall, set the bars high for the nation.

Hence, today it was revealed during the “Zoe Ball Breakfast Show” on BBC Radio 2, that STAND UNIQU3 will represent the United Kingdom in Nice with the song “Back To Life“.

The girls consisting  STAND UNIQU3 and their song were both selected internally by BBC Studios Entertainment and Music along with CBBC supporting.

You can listen to “Back To Life” by STAND UNIQU3, below:


The group consists of three girls, Hayla, Maisie and Yazmin, who were brought together by BBC because of their chemistry as a group.

12-year-old Hayla from Liverpool has an interesting family history when it comes to the Eurovision Song Contest: her grandfather was a backing dancer for the 1987 UK entry.

Hayla herself is a big fan of Rihanna who she describes as being her biggest inspiration. As well as music, Hayla enjoys football and plays as a striker. Hayla’s ideal day would involve eating chocolate, watching movies and spending time with her brothers.

13-year-old Maisie from Essex loves to sing, dance and act on stage, as well as enjoying clay pigeon shooting with her grandad. She also loves to chill and she collects crystals.

12-year-old Yazmin from Newcastle is no stranger to performing in front of crowds, she enjoys Latin and Ballroom dancing. Yazmin loves cuddling up with her chihuahua Tinkerbell, writing stories, and shopping.

The 21st Junior Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Nice, France, on the 26th of November, following Lissandro’s win last year in Yerevan.

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United Kingdom: BBC One will broadcast all Eurovision 2024 shows!

The BBC recently announced that the UK will compete in the 68th Eurovision Song Contest, which will take place in Malmö, Sweden, in May 2024.

At the same time, it was announced that the two semi-finals of Eurovision 2024 as well as the grand final will all be broadcasted on BBC One, as was the case in 2023 when the country hosted the competition on behalf of Ukraine. The broadcaster’s decision to broadcast the contest once more on its top-rated and most popular channel is a sign of a significant shift in the latter’s perspective on the competition.

The record-breaking high television ratings from the competition last year, which reached 55% and 29.8 million people, had an important impact in this choice.

In addition, it was revealed that Lee Smithurst, executive producer for BBC Studios, and Will Wilkin, executive director for BBC Music, had spent the summer conducting a search for the UK’s upcoming participation in the Eurovision song contest.

This year, the United Kingdom was represented by Mae Muller with the song “I wrote a song”, finishing in 25th place with 24 points. Will the United Kingdom be able to achieve a higher position in Malmö ?

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Source: Wiwibloggs 

United Kingdom: Eurovision-winning songwriter Linnea Deb shows interest in writing a UK Eurovision entry!

One could say that Linnea is a hit-making-machine and that’s not wrong! Deb won the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2015, when she was one of the songwriters for Måns Zelmerlöw‘s Swedish entry “Heroes“, but that was not just it!

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United Kingdom: Internal selection is the most likely scenario for Eurovision 2024!

United Kingdom, the host country of Eurovision 2023 recently announced that will not longer collaborate with TaP in order to select its Eurovision acts. BBC first collaborated with Tap Records in 2022, managing to achieve a 2nd place with Sam Ryder. This marked UK’s best result since 1998, which consequently brought Eurovision in British grounds. Sam Ryder’s success, renewed their collaboration for 2023 and the nation was represented by Mae Muller, who did not only repeat 2022 success, but instead finished second-last

Since the announcement of the departure of TaP from the British Eurovision selection, a reasonable question was raised regarding the method under which BBC will choose its next Eurovision act. The answer is given by the Head of BBC Entertainment who commented that:

It has been really good working with Tap, actually, and using their expertise. We have had two amazing finalists and the British public have gotten behind them. Sam Ryder is a proper superstar now. This years entry has been in the top ten and done really well.

People have talked to me ‘should we do a big show on the BBC, how do we select our next act?’ It is a big thing singing live in those giant arenas, and you do need a really experienced performer who has done arena shows before to do that. I think we will continue going to specialists in the industry to help us pick our act going forward.

Bearing in mind the above, we can assume that BBC will continue to choose its next Eurovision act internally for the 5th time in a row. A national selection is probably not in the plans of BBC as its number-one priority on selecting an artist is experience and expertise.

Mae Muller although being a fan favorite did not come to bookies expectations and finished second-last. She was highly criticized inside the UK for her weak performance and vocals and probably her low placement raised doubts on which should the British contestants’ standards be.

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United Kingdom: Rina Sawayama was approached by the BBC for Eurovision 2023!

Rina Sawayama was on the verge of accepting the invitation and represent the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.

Being guest on the podcast, The Euro Trip, Nick Levine claims that Rina Sawayama told him during an interview that she had been offered to fly the Union Jack flag herself last May.

Apparently, she thought a lot about the offer to perform at Eurovision, and she was about to accept the offer, however when she replied to the British delegation, she did not receive a response.

You can listen to the podcast below:

Rina Sawayama was one of the most discussed singers to represent the country and many thought that she would be the one, until the moment of the BBC’s announcement. The singer also responded to many fans on social media, creating a positive atmosphere regarding her representation.

@rinasawayamaofficial #duet with @Vanya #eurovision ♬ Frankenstein – Rina Sawayama

If all of the above is true, then it seems that the BBC and their partner, TaP Music, made a serious effort to have a big name for the Contest. Also, if an artist like Rina Sawayama was interested in participating, it seems that in the United Kingdom, there is no longer the reputation of previous years, that Eurovision is a risk for the big names of the music industry.

In the end, Mae Muller was the representative of the United Kingdom in Eurovision 2023, with her song “I Wrote a Song”, ending up in 25th place of the Grand Final:

Source: The EuroTrip Podcast

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United Kingdom: The end of the collaboration between TaP and BBC!

The TaP Music record company will not collaborate with BBC for Eurovision 2024!

Through a post on the official account of TaP Music on X (former Twitter) it was announced that the record company will not be involved to the preparation of the British entry at the upcoming 2024 contest after a partnership with BBC the last two years.

The entries of the United Kingdom for the 2022 and 2023 contest respectively had emerged through the collaboration between TaP and BBC. In 2022 the UK managed to return shortly back to their glory days after Sam Ryder and his song Space Man finished in the 2nd place having scored 466 points. However the UK landed abruptly back to the bottom of the scoreboard as Mae Muller and her entry I Wrote a Song did not confirm the odds who wanted them in the first ten places. She ended up 25th with 24 points.

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Eurovision 2023 United Kingdom: Host city Liverpool honored with Unesco music city award!

Liverpool,the host city of this year’s Eurovision,is the recipient of its first ever Unesco Music City Award.

The Liverpool Unesco City of Music Award is attributed to the team behind this year’s Song Contest,whose contribution left an indelible footprint upon the local music scene and culture.

The host broadcaster BBC and the events’ organizers were given the award at a ceremony at Liverpool Town Hall,with the Grand Final being reportedly the most-watched Grand Final in the UK’s history ever.

Liverpool’s cabinet member for culture, Harry Doyle, said:

“We were never in doubt that the BBC would stage an incredible show at the arena – and the record-breaking viewing figures are testament to their achievements – but what is really special is how they, and the EBU, embraced the city, they got to know our story and our heritage and they helped us showcase the very best of Liverpool to the world.”

Mayor of Liverpool City Region, Steve Rotheram, added:

“Home to more number one hits than anywhere else, it’s safe to say that Liverpool wouldn’t be Liverpool without music – and music wouldn’t be music without Liverpool.While few places can claim to have made such an impact on world music as we have, I think the real reason we came out top in the race to host Eurovision was because, quite simply, nowhere else can throw a party quite like us.”

The UK in this year’s Contest

The United Kingdom was this year’s host for the first time in 25 years.Mae Muller defended her homeland with her entry “I Wrote a Song” which earned her the 25th place in the final scoreboard.

Source:BBC News

EBU: the qualifiers announcement will remain the same!

The EBU together with BBC have made an important announcement regarding the proposed new system to announce the semifinal qualifiers:

“After trying a new system of presenting the qualifying countries in Dress Rehearsal 1 of the First Semi-Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 it was decided by the production team to revert back to the previous reveal sequence used in recent years with artists learning whether they will progress to the Grand Final together with their delegations in the Green Room. Whilst this change will not now be implemented this year there are other innovations in the show for viewers to look forward to.”

During the First Dress Rehearsal the EBU and the broadcaster tried to introduce a new system to present the qualifiers.  However, the system was not positively received.

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United Kingdom: Watch BBC’s trailer for Eurovision 2023!

BBC published its trailer for Eurovision 2023, which takes place in Liverpool from 9 to 13 of May.

A spectacular trailer indeed having as a musical background the famous British hit song Ooh Aah… Just a Little Bit, the British entry in Eurovision 1996. Mae Muller, this year’s entrant for the host nation is also displayed in the clip, along with Graham Norton, the BBC commentator for years and one of the hosts of Eurovision 2023 as well as Rylan Clark, who co-hosted the Semi-Final allocation event back in January.

This trailer indicates the great interest the British have of hosting Eurovision 2023 for the first time in 25 years and behalf of Ukraine, the winner of the 2022 edition. British do not miss a chance of showing how excited they are, having already hosted a grande event revealing the stage of Eurovision 2023 with the royal couple attending. The Royal couple had also the chance to meet Mae Muller, the participant of the United Kingdom and also people involved with hosting Eurovision 2023.

Taking care of every little detail and the huge excitement shown on behalf of the host nation augur a wonderful Eurovision Song Contest, that we will further watch during the following weeks.

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Eurovision 2023: King Charles and his royal wife revealed the stage of the contest!

In Liverpool -the host city of Eurovision 2023- , today the royal couple of the United Kingdom attend to events that are related to the Eurovision Song Contest. One of them was the unveiling of the stage, which is ready to welcome in a few days the 37 participants of this year’s contest for the first technical rehearsals.

The stage of Eurovision 2023 has already taken shape, while these days the stand-in rehearsals are also taking place, so that everything is ready for the technical rehearsals and according to the plans that the organizers have already received from the missions of 37 countries competing this year.

The royal couple will also tour the M&S Arena. They will meet the creative team, the presenters of the contest and this year’s British contestant, Mae Muller.

The BBC has revealed via Twitter the moment that the royal couple flip the switch and the Eurovision stage comes to life oficially for the first time. The stage is flooded with light and glitter.

It’s the first time we’ve seen this year’s stage in action, giving us a small taste of what it’s capable of, which we will be looking at in more detail in the next days.

The royal family are heavily involved in Eurovision 2023, as the contest come to British soil for the first time after 25 years with the last time taking place in 1998 in Birmingham.

Now, Eurovision 2023 takes place in Liverpool following Sam Ryder’s 2nd place in Eurovision 2022. The winner was Ukraine but due to the war, Ukraine wasn’t able to host.

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