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Ryan.
post Aug 27 2014, 03:31 PM
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And the first rumour is here for the UK representative for Eurovision 2015, and it's a very surprising one!

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Linda Bengtzing says the BBC have approached her about representing the UK at #Eurovision 2015 (via @Schlagerprofil)

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post Aug 27 2014, 03:33 PM
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why would a Swedish pop singer do eurovision for the UK? Have we really ran out of homegrown singers who are willing to do eurovision? drama.gif
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post Aug 27 2014, 03:34 PM
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I wondered the same thing! I just looked on her Wikipedia page to see if she had any British connections but she doesn't seem to so that makes it even more strange!
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post Aug 27 2014, 03:35 PM
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YES PLEASE *.* I very much doubt it though.
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post Aug 27 2014, 03:55 PM
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There's even a little article about this on a Swedish radio station's website, you can translate this one: Read here!
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post Aug 27 2014, 04:12 PM
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They asked Alcazar too about ten years ago. They turned it down because the BBC insisted on choosing the song and only gave them terrible tracks.
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post Aug 27 2014, 05:49 PM
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At Linda's gig the other week she mentioned on stage that she'd happily do Eurovision for the UK if the 'right people' asked her. Maybe someone from the BBC was in the crowd and took note!
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They probably wouldn't be like that these days considering they let Molly do everything herself, but then again considering her result they may decide to be more in control. I hope they use BBC Introducing again though!

If they want to choose a Swedish singer then can they choose Molly Sandén please! biggrin.gif
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post Aug 27 2014, 07:13 PM
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I imagine OLD MOLL will probably be focusing a little more CLOSE TO HOME...
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post Aug 28 2014, 12:56 PM
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YES PLEASE! I wouldn't even care if we were to come last if Bengtzing were our entry. *.*
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post Aug 28 2014, 01:41 PM
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Omg this must happen
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QUOTE(Therm• @ Aug 27 2014, 04:33 PM) *
why would a Swedish pop singer do eurovision for the UK? Have we really ran out of homegrown singers who are willing to do eurovision? drama.gif

We last won with a American in 1997, year before that we finished runner up with an Australian and Celine Dion represented Switzerland and this year there was a Yorkshire man representing a foreign country.

It is the songwriter who has to be from the country not the singer.
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post Oct 6 2014, 08:18 PM
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The BBC are accepting possible entries to be submitted to them by Friday 7th November. A 'panel of experts' will listen to submissions and shortlist any they think have potential. They're continuing to talk to record labels and BBC Introducing etc. to possibly find an entry that way too.

Full details at the blog post linked below

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/eurovision/post...forward-to-2015
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post Oct 6 2014, 08:28 PM
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Sounds good, glad to hear they're being open minded and not just writing off BBC Introducing because of Molly's result. I wonder if they'll get many submissions through that process?
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post Oct 14 2014, 04:12 AM
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I get that the bbc now understand they need the whole package but I still feel that they aren't putting the song first. The only thing wrong with molly was that the song just wasn't good enough - everything else maybe bar crap backing singers was fine.
I think I'd prefer the bbc to maybe get 3 acts who can all sing well and then each of them have 2 songs and the public votes for the best song. We just need something memorable and current - it's not that hard - they are the bbc with a billion contacts and dolla for Christ sake...
I think if we don't go top 5 next year that guy freeman needs to be axed.
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post Oct 14 2014, 04:51 AM
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Why on EARTH would Guy Freeman need to be axed when he's just about the only one who's shown any sign of having his head screwed on there for the last ten years? The current BBC Introducing strategy's a solid one that's bound to pay off eventually, it might just take a matter of time for us to find the right entry from it. I wouldn't want Guy firing if we don't go top five next year when there's basically no sign that anybody else at the BBC has a clue to what might work at Eurovision.

I think there were two big things that did us in this year - Molly coming off a bit like a deer in the headlights on stage with barely any presence, and the track being something most people would've enjoyed but something that was only about the fourth or fifth best entry in its genre on the night - which isn't something that ever fares well when you're the last entry on and everyone's decided their favourite. Going on last only really seems to be an advantage if you're bringing something to the table that none of the preceding 25 entries have done.
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post Oct 15 2014, 02:34 PM
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QUOTE(Kärenfanghoney @ Oct 14 2014, 05:51 AM) *
Why on EARTH would Guy Freeman need to be axed when he's just about the only one who's shown any sign of having his head screwed on there for the last ten years? The current BBC Introducing strategy's a solid one that's bound to pay off eventually, it might just take a matter of time for us to find the right entry from it. I wouldn't want Guy firing if we don't go top five next year when there's basically no sign that anybody else at the BBC has a clue to what might work at Eurovision.

I think there were two big things that did us in this year - Molly coming off a bit like a deer in the headlights on stage with barely any presence, and the track being something most people would've enjoyed but something that was only about the fourth or fifth best entry in its genre on the night - which isn't something that ever fares well when you're the last entry on and everyone's decided their favourite. Going on last only really seems to be an advantage if you're bringing something to the table that none of the preceding 25 entries have done.


Yes he is now leading the uk in the right direction but the last 10 years for the uk have been the worst in it's history at eurovison - totally not all the BBCs fault as there are a million and one factors why this is the case but look at the choices guy has made over the past ten years? There really aren't many wise choices amongst them. I don't see why he shouldn't be replaced? I think there needs to be a huge shake up at the BBC - I'm sure if an internal review took place and the BBC recruited fresh sets of eyes/ industry experts/ or even an executive who has worked for successful countries like Sweden to bring knowledge and a new way of doing things we might be more successful. Change is important in business - especially at the top!
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post Oct 15 2014, 02:38 PM
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But this year was Guy Freeman's first year in charge since 1997 I believe? (Someone correct me if I'm wrong). Which was the last time we won?
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post Oct 15 2014, 02:47 PM
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QUOTE(Jack89 @ Oct 15 2014, 03:34 PM) *
Yes he is now leading the uk in the right direction but the last 10 years for the uk have been the worst in it's history at eurovison - totally not all the BBCs fault as there are a million and one factors why this is the case but look at the choices guy has made over the past ten years? There really aren't many wise choices amongst them. I don't see why he shouldn't be replaced? I think there needs to be a huge shake up at the BBC - I'm sure if an internal review took place and the BBC recruited fresh sets of eyes/ industry experts/ or even an executive who has worked for successful countries like Sweden to bring knowledge and a new way of doing things we might be more successful. Change is important in business - especially at the top!

Guy wasn't in charge until this year though so far as I know. And even if he wasn't, surely the absolutely massive change in direction we had this year is the obvious change that we need? There's nothing fundamentally wrong with our approach this year - firing someone just because they've been around for a while (I know he's been involved with the delegation before, but I think it would've only been recently or this year that he was actually in charge) when the approach is right is utterly pointless. And importing somebody from Sweden would be utterly pointless, as there's no way in hell we're at a stage where record labels would be on board with a Melodifestivalen style project in this country. We can only get to that stage by building up success in the way the BBC Introducing plan will and showing it's possible.
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post Oct 15 2014, 09:52 PM
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Yeah I'm sure this year was Guy's first year back in charge since the late 1990s (I think) which of course were very successful for the UK, he was also the man in charge when Katrina & The Waves won I think. So there is absolutely no way he should be replaced, hopefully the BBC sign him on for many many years based on what he did this year!
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