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TaP Music to select UK’s Eurovision entry again

By | Published on Friday 9 September 2022

Eurovision Song Contest

Following the success of Sam Ryder at this year’s Eurovision, the BBC has announced that it will again team up with TaP Music to select the UK’s 2023 entry into the big old song contest.

“We are THRILLED that Ben Mawson and Ed Millett plus the team at TaP will once again bring their unrivalled expertise to work with the BBC and BBC Studios to find an act and song to represent the UK at Eurovision”, says BBC Commissioning Editor Rachel Ashdown.

“I hope we can find another artist who will not only be a brilliant ambassador for Eurovision but, like Sam, will sing their head off with a stand out song”, she adds.

Ryder, of course, came second in this year’s competition with his song ‘Space Man’, behind Ukraine’s ‘Stefania’ by Kalush Orchestra. Due to the ongoing war in Ukraine, and the winning country therefore being unable to host the next contest as is the custom, the 2023 event will be held in the UK.

Also commenting on the continued partnership from the TaP Music side are bosses Mawson and Millett, who say in a joint statement: “TaP are very excited to be back working with the BBC to select the UK entry for Eurovision 2023. Last year we wanted to change the narrative around the UK and Eurovision to something much more positive”.

“We focussed on what Eurovision is all about – we found a brilliant artist, an unforgettable song and an incredible person in Sam Ryder – we’re so proud of his fantastic success, coming second in the competition and then achieving a number one single”, they go on.

“2022 will be a hard act to follow but we’re more than ready for the challenge”, they reckon. “Eurovision being held in the UK for 2023 is such an opportunity to celebrate the diversity of British musical talent. Our search starts here!”

The host city for the 2023 contest is set to be announced by the BBC and Eurovision organiser the European Broadcasting Union in the autumn, with Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield all on the shortlist.