British Broadcasting Corporation BBC has just announced via Twitter that an announcement concerning the United Kingdom selection method for the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 will come “within the next two weeks”. esctoday.com believes that a televised show will be see one internally selected artist perform a selection of songs.
"We've got exciting news to announce about the uk's eurovisoin entry this year. Can't say when, but should be within the next two weeks". This is the message the BBC left on Twitter moments ago.
Over the past week and months, a handful of artists have been tipped to be BBC's choice for the 2011 Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. Names hotly linked so far are Pixie Lott, Katherine Jenkins and Charlotte Church, although esctoday.com believes that none of them will represent the United Kingdom this year.
Securing a big name to represent the United Kingdom is always difficult because successful artists are often booked up months and years in advance, so finding a credible act that can clearsix weeks of their schedule is one of the biggest barriers facing the BBC as most popular UK artists are also popular internationally with international tours and appearances.
Moreover, besides the mentioned above, Charlotte's chances seem to be not very good at the moment, after criticising the Eurovision Song Contest back in 2007, as well as Scooch's entry Flying the flag for you during her chat show.
The format of an internal selection of the artist and a show where they perform a choice of songs for the public to choose the Eurovision Song Contest entry has been used several times in the past. The country's first two victories courtesy of Sandy Shaw and Lulu came from a similar method. Michael Ball and Sonia both used this selection method and came second at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1992 and 1993 respectively.
The United Kingdom will participate in the Eurovision Song Contest final in Dusseldorf on 14th May 2011.