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The Next Big Thing: The Nominees
The Competition
The Competition


In the search for the world's best young band, we have sifted through over 1100 entries.

We have now released a shortlist of the best 20 acts.

Now you can tell us which should go forward to compete to become the world's best young band.

Only six acts can make it through to the final. While you vote, we also have a global panel of music industry names who will also nominate their favourites. The global panel is made up of critics, artists, record label pioneers and industry heavyweights.

All the votes must be in by Tuesday 28 November at midnight GMT.

The six finalists will be announced on BBC World Service's The Beat broadcast on Wednesday 29 and Thursday 30 November.

The final will take place on 9 December 2006 in a special programme - when the winner of the BBC's search for The Next Big Thing will be announced.

This will also be available as an interactive web-streamed video download.

Read about and listen to all 20 nominees. Then VOTE!

To hear more about the nominees download Radio 1's Best of Unsigned podcast
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