The BBC has announced a change to the way in which the UK’s Eurovision Song Contest entry is decided.
Currently, the act to represent the UK has been decided by a public vote through a competition that is televised on the channel. But, for next years competition, the BBC has announced a change.
After it was confirmed that the UK would be taking part in the 2020 competition, the BBC revealed that the UK act will be decided by the BBC in collaboration with the record label and publisher, BMG.
Following the competition, the song will be released by the record label – which published Sweden’s winning 2015 entry ‘Heroes,’ by Mans Zelmerlow.
Writing on Twitter, the official account for the contest in the UK, said: “Rotterdam 2020.
“Today we are pleased to announce our collaboration with record company BMG for next year’s Eurovision!”
Kate Phillips, Controller of Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC said: “Our commitment to finding the right song has never been higher, and this collaboration with BMG, who have access to world-class songwriters, is a genuinely exciting prospect.
“I am certain that together we can find the best song and artist possible for 2020.”
The contest will be held in Rotterdam next year, following Duncan Laurence’s win in Tel Aviv at the 2019 contest.