PRESS RELEASE / UNITED KINGDOM – The BBC has today confirmed plans for the United Kingdom’s participation in the 66th Eurovision Song Contest which will be held in Turin, Italy in May 2022. BBC Studios will once again produce the BBC’s coverage of the biggest and most-watched song competition in the world.
For the 2022 Contest, the BBC and BBC Studios will be collaborating with TaP Music, the global music publishing and management company behind some of the world’s most successful pop artists, such as Dua Lipa, Lana del Rey and Ellie Goulding, in order to choose a song and act that will represent the United Kingdom in the biggest and most-watched music contest on the planet.
Kate Phillips, Controller Entertainment Commissioning for the BBC
“In the UK our love for Eurovision is as big as ever and we have grand ambitions for the 2022 Contest, so we’re really excited to announce this collaboration that will enable us to tap into some great musical talent.”
Suzy Lamb, Managing Director for BBC Studios
“BBC Studios are proud to once again be producing the coverage of the biggest music competition in the world. We’re excited to be collaborating with TaP Music. Their expertise in managing world-class artists and finding huge international hit records speaks for itself and we look forward to working with them on the UK act and song for the 2022 contest.”
Ben Mawson, TaP Music
“We’re really excited to be teaming up with the BBC for this event and will use Eurovision to authentically reflect and celebrate the rich, diverse and world-class musical talent the UK is globally renowned for.”
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The broadcast of the Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final on BBC One continues to be one of the most popular entertainment programmes on the BBC, with the most recent broadcast reaching an average audience of 7.8 million (BBC 30 Day All Screens) in the UK, making it the most-watched Grand Final in the UK since 2014.
It is also one of the most popular Entertainment programmes for younger audiences on the BBC with 1.5 million 16-34-year-olds tuning in.
Now, reading the press release we can point out some things. First, making a press announcement on 01:00 CET (midnight UK time) is not the best way to treat the press.
Second, we hope this year BBC treats the fan press better than previous years with no snubs.
Third, making an announcement that you will collaborate with a company that works with Dua Lipa, Lana del Rey and more… automatically creates high expectations and BBC is not famous for reaching them!
In any case, all the best to BBC and we are always here to support them!