UK's Eurovision entry 'has impact'
The UK's new Eurovision entry will have "instant impact" and "staying power", the team behind the song has vowed, after a catalogue of disappointment at the contest.
It was announced today that the UK's entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest has been chosen, with the singer's identity to be revealed after The Voice on March 7.
A lack of success in recent years saw former shop assistant Molly Smitten-Downes placing a lowly 17th, Bonnie Tyler finishing 19th and crooner Engelbert Humperdinck placing second to last.
The UK also endured a string of failures in previous years with Javine Hylton, Andy Abraham, Jade Ewen and boyband Blue.
BBC special events editor Guy Freeman headed up the team which picked the song, following an open submission process.
In a blog on the BBC Eurovision website, he wrote that they had received songs from a "huge variety of amateur and professional writers and performers".
"Some of the submitted songs were easily good enough to be commercial tracks straight away and others had clear potential, so it wasn't hard to draw up an initial shortlist of interesting contenders," he wrote.
"Ultimately, one song stood out as having both instant impact and real memory staying power."
He added: "Everyone is now working hard to get it ready for the evening of Saturday 7th March, straight after The Voice, which is when our UK entry for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest will be revealed."
The song will be revealed on the BBC Red Button service, www.bbc.co.uk/eurovision and Eurovision.tv.