The BBC has opened submissions for singers to represent the United Kingdom at the 2009 Eurovision Song Contest. In a short clip screened just before Strictly Come Dancing, the Lord asks the nation to “ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”. You can see the clip below, or at the BBC website (may not be available to non-British residents).
You can watch the videoat the end of this article courtesy of the BBC.
The BBC have launched online submissions on their website at www.bbc.co.uk/eurovision. The competition is open to amateur, semi and professional singers or bands. Entrants may have up to six people in the group, but all members of a group must sing. Entrants must be UK residents (including the Channel Islands and Island of Man) or eligable to work in the UK – which means anyone living within the European Union is entitled to enter.
HOW TO ENTER (from BBC website)
- Send the BBC a video clip of you or your group performing.
- It can be any song – either self composed or a cover of an existing track.
- For copyright reasons, do not sing over a commercial track with vocals – please sing unaccompanied OR over a non-vocal backing track OR with accompaniment by live musicians. It must be sung in English.
- If you choose an existing track, do not change the lyrics or tune.
- NB: It is your responsibility to gain permission from any musicians used on your entry.
- Your video should be a minimum of 30 seconds but can be a mix of different performances or songs.
- All members of the group have to be singers. Musicians who cannot sing are not eligible to take part in the competition.
- You must complete the attached application form and send it to us with your entry via this website or by post. Each member of a group must fill in an individual form.
- For entry forms, please go to www.bbc.co.uk/eurovision/yourcountryneedsyou/
- You can upload the video at the BBC website or send VHS/mini DVD or DVD to: Eurovision HQ, PO Box 60920, London, W12 7UR, UK