United Kingdom: BBC confirms participation in Eurovision 2015

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 3,979 views

BBC, the British national broadcaster has confirmed to Esctoday.com that the United Kingdom will participate at the forthcoming  2015 Eurovision Song Contest in Vienna next May .

The British broadcaster BBC is yet to determine the method and mechanism it will use to select its 2015 Eurovision Song Contest entry and representative. Further details regarding  UK’s 2015 Eurovision plans will be released in due course.

The United Kingdom is the 25th  country to confirm its participation at the forthcoming 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. The United Kingdom joins Bosnia & Herzegovina, MontenegroBelarusLatvia, France  Greece,  FYR Macedonia, Austria, Cyprus, Malta, Switzerland, Sweden, Iceland, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, Germany, FinlandThe Netherlands, Lithuania, Belgium, Portugal, Azerbaijan and Estonia  in the list of countries which will join the 2015 Eurovision party in Austria next year. Whilst Georgia has stated that it will most likely to enter the competition next year.

The official list of the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest participants is expected to be released by the EBU by early January. The deadline for countries to submit their application in order to compete at the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest has been set on 15 September.

In 2014 Molly Smitten Downes was selected to represent the United Kingdom via an internal selection with her entry Children of the Universe.

The United Kingdom debuted at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1957 and has won the event a total of 5 times (1967, 1969, 1976,1981 and 1997). The UK also holds the record of being the country with the most 2nd places in the contest , achieving the runner up position a total of 15 times. We must not forget that the United Kingdom also holds the record of hosting the contest a total of 8 times: London 1960, 1963, 1968, 1977, Edinburgh 1972, Brighton 1974, Harrogate 1982 and Birmingham 1998.

The UK has only missed one contest since their debut in 1957, notably the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest. The Brits have been competing in Europe’s favourite television show religiously every year since 1959.

The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest is scheduled to be held on 19, 21 and 23 May at the Wiener Stadthalle in Vienna, Austria.

Who will follow into Molly Smitten Downne’s footsteps and represent the United Kingdom at the  2014 Eurovision Song Contest? Stay tuned to Esctoday.com for the latest information on the United Kingdom and the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest!