Former lead singer of The Smiths, Morrissey is in talks with the BBC and is keen to write an entry for the United Kingdom's Eurovision Song Contest selection process. The Sun newspaper reports that last night a BBC spokesman said: �I can confirm we are in talks with Morrissey about a Eurovision song”. It is claimed that he was approaced via his record label, Sanctuary.
Morrissey would be a high brow name that the BBC are keen to find for their 2007 national selection process. Although it is unlikely that he would perform the song if an agreement is reached, it would add kudos to the United Kingdom's show and increase national attention further after last year's entrant Daz Sampson stamped his mark on the event and produced a documentary about his participation in Athens.
The United Kingdom had one of the most impressive records in the Eurovision Song Contest, with five wins and an unprecedented 15 second places, however fortunes have suffered a major downturn since Katrina and the waves' 1997 victory and Imaani's second place on home ground in 1998. The United Kingdom has only reached the top 10 once in the last eight years, with Jessica Garlick finishing third in Tallinn in 2002.
Morrissey is known to be a fan of the Eurovision Song Contest, and last year said that he was "horrified but not surprised to see the UK fail again…there’s a question I keep asking myself — why didn’t they ask me? It keeps going round in my head".
Morrissey is one of the leading songwriters of his generation. He has notched up a string of successful singles, albums and tours since his debut solo album Viva Hate was released in 1988. He does not shy from controversy in his songs, with themes including; child murder, gang violence, domestic violence, prostitution, racism, homosexuality, drug use, assassination, political protest, and terrorism. Morrissey's music appeals because it is presented in a meaningful and respectable way. He often uses irony or wit to make his point.
This would not be Morrissey's first brush with the competition. He worked with the United Kingdom's first winner, Sandie Shaw in the 1980s and last year recorded a promotional video for his song You have killed me which showed him performing as a Eurovision Song Contest participant. You can see the video below: