Public submissions for the UK Eurovision song are open!
Today we are opening the public song submissions process to find the UK’s entry for the 63rd Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon, Portugal next May! Information on how to submit a song is detailed below.
As last year, all 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, with guidance from Record Industry Executive and Music Consultant for the BBC, Hugh Goldsmith.
Hugh Goldsmith says: “The ESC in Lisbon 2018 promises to be yet another fantastic show and I’m determined that we, the UK, are able to build on our excellent showing of 2017 thanks to Lucie Jones’ superlative performance of the powerful ballad, Never Give Up On You. To this end I am, again, looking for songs with emotive lyrics, memorable melodies and brilliant productions. However, success at Eurovision can also be about originality and the element of surprise. So, please also send us your songs if they are creatively fresh, brave and a little bit different!”
Guy Freeman, Editor, BBC Special Events and Formats said: "For anyone out there who thinks they have a brilliant song that can resonate with millions of people around the world and the 2018 jurors this is your chance and we'd love to hear from you."
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.
If you would like to submit a song entry, it must adhere to the EBU competition rules:
• The song must not exceed three minute duration
• The song must not have been publicly released before 1st September 2017; it should not have been performed in public or officially published on any media including but not limited to radio, TV and the Internet
• The song cannot be a cover or sample another artist’s work
• The song must be original with regards to songwriting and musical instrumentation
• Composers and song writers may only submit one entry
• The closing date for entries is Friday 27th October 2017
If the SINGER (along with the song) wishes to be considered as the artist for our UK Entry, in addition to the rules above, they must also adhere to the following conditions:
• Lead vocals must be performed live on the submitted video.
• No more than 6 people can take part in the performance
• Each singer/s must be 18 years old on or before 1st January 2018
• The BBC reserves the right to use a performer of its choice for any song submitted for consideration. Employees of the BBC and EBU or their close relatives or anyone connected with the contest are not eligible to enter
• The right is reserved to cancel the contest at any stage or amend any of the terms or details if necessary
• The BBC, its sub-contractors, subsidiaries and/or agencies cannot accept any responsibility whatsoever for any failure in the postal system, any technical failure or malfunction or any other problem which may result in an entry not properly registered
• These terms are governed by the law of England and Wales
To register your interest in representing the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest 2018, please email the title of your song, the name of your artist(s) (if applicable) and the name of your composer(s) to the following email address: BBCEurovisionSubmissions@bbc.co.uk
Within 72 hours of sending the email you will receive instructions on how to upload AN ENTRY to the BBC Eurovision portal. This can be a video or MP3:
A video should be uploaded if it is both the singer and the song being entered. If you are only submitting your song for consideration and NOT the singer then we can accept an audio only file, so you can upload an MP3. You can still upload a video recording of a singer(s) singing your song, but it doesn't need to be a separate 'video' production if the singer isn't applying to be the UK entry for ESC 2018. So it could be shot on a phone for example.
Please do not attach your video or MP3 to the email. Terms and Conditions apply.