Music and television producer Simon Cowell has expressed his interest in helping to find a future representative for the United Kingdom at the Eurovision Song Contest.
Known for producing of a number of international franchises including Idol, The X Factor and Got Talent, Simon Cowell has revealed his interest in staging a competition in order to select the United Kingdom’s representative at a future Eurovision Song Contest, expressing his enthusiasm on the idea of finding an ‘undiscovered’ talent in the process.
When asked about the possibility of finding an act for the Eurovision Song Contest, Simon revealed:
One hundred percent I’d love to take the reins for Eurovision. I have thought about it. […] The idea that I would take it on for one year and try and get someone to represent the UK, someone undiscovered, I’d love that […] I don’t think there’d be too much to lose, it would be great fun.
Expressing his opinion on this year’s representatives Electro Velvet, who were internally selected to represent the United Kingdom via the British national broadcaster BBC with their entry Still in love with you, Cowell stated:
This year they really weren’t good, they didn’t stand a chance. The winner had a proper record, the staging was great. I think it’d be great to get involved. I’d love to do it.
Electro Velvet received a total of 5 points at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, ending in 24th position.
This is not the first time Simon Cowell has shown an interest in the selection process for the United Kingdom in the Eurovision Song Contest, having admitted that ‘if he were asked, he would do it’.
The British national broadcaster BBC has opted for an internal selection in order to select the UK’s representative since 2011, whose choice of artists have included Blue, Engelbert Humperdinck, Bonnie Tyler, Molly Smitten-Downes as well as this year’s representatives, Electro Velvet.
The last national selection for the United Kingdom took place in 2010, where Josh Dubovie was selected to represent his country at the Eurovision Song Contest in Oslo with the internally selected song entry, That sounds good to me.