Last autumn, we opened the sparkling Eurovision door to anyone who wished to submit a song and performer for consideration as our UK entry for the 2015 Contest. The result of that open submission process was a very impressive collection of songs, of every conceivable type, that came in from a huge variety of amateur and professional writers and performers. Thank you to everyone who made the effort and got involved.
Some of the submitted songs were easily good enough to be commercial tracks straight away and others had clear potential, so it wasn't hard to draw up an initial shortlist of interesting contenders. What we did next, was consider the strengths and weaknesses of each song in detail, with the realities of the Contest foremost in mind. We also gave the shortlisted writers an opportunity to come back with any further suggestions or refinements which they thought would really maximise the impact of their songs.
Ultimately, one song stood out as having both instant impact and real memory staying power. Everyone is now working hard to get it ready for the evening of Saturday 7th March, straight after The Voice, which is when our UK entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will be revealed on the BBC Red Button service, bbc.co.uk/eurovision and Eurovision.tv.