Tonight, the British national broadcaster, BBC, will present the UK representative along with their official entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. The show will air at 22:25 CET (21:25 local time) and will be available to listen to via bbc.co.uk/eurovision and eurovision.tv at 22:40 CET.
How to watch
Our Song for Eurovision 2015 will air at 22:25 CET (21:25 local time) via the following channel:
- BBC Red Button 1
The UK entry will then be available to listen to at 22:40 CET via:
Hosted by Scott Mills, the official 2015 UK representative will be presented this evening in a special BBC show under the name Our Song for Eurovision 2015. The entry will be performed in an exclusive performance.
This year, the BBC has once again decided to opt for an internal selection in order to select the British representative for this year’s contest. The same choice of selection process has been used since 2011.
Back in late 2014, the BBC called for singers and songwriters to submit their entries with the possibility of being shortlisted by a panel of experts. Guy Freeman, executive producer, has since revealed via a BBC post that one of the submitted entries stood out from the others.
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.
The story so far
The United Kingdom debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 when Patricia Bredin was selected to represent her country in the host city of Frankfurt. With her entry All, Patricia received a total of 6 points, ending in 7th position.
The United Kingdom has won the contest a total of 5 times; Puppet on a string (1967), Boom bang-a-bang (1969), Save your kisses for me (1976), Making your mind up (1981) and Love shine a light (1997).
Last year, Molly Smitten-Downes was internally selected to represent the United Kingdom at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest in the host city of Copenhagen. With her entry Children of the universe, Molly finished in 17th place receiving a total of 40 points.