As the BBC continues to prepare for Eurovision 2023, the host broadcaster has opened a competition for the tender to produce the postcards for the Contest.
Postcards in action
Postcards are 40-second clips used inbetween performances to introduce the upcoming act in the show, whilst each performance is being set up. Prior to 2013, many postcards focused on the host country whereas afterwards focused more heavily on participating artists.
In recent years, greenscreen effects have been used in order to counter the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as saving funds for the Contest.
What are the BBC looking for?
In a press release for the competition, the BBC announced that they are looking for independent companies to create a concept to run through the postcards and produce them internally. Specific information regarding the creative ideas will be announced to shortlisted companies.
The successful candidates will get to work with BBC Studios to produce exact 40-second clips with smooth transitions in and out of the arena during the course of the show. Independent companies with a history of production are being sought, but advertising agencies and short-form content businesses will also be considered.
Interested companies have until this Thursday (November 3rd) to submit a proposal to the BBC Network through the BBC website. Companies will have to have worked with BBC Studios at least once in order to be considered. Filming is set to take place from early January 2023, as artists are selected.
United Kingdom’s Eurovision journey
Despite a recent slump in results, the UK is one of the most successful countries at the Eurovision Song Contest. Debuting at the second edition ever of the Contest in 1957, the United Kingdom has won the competition on five separate occasions. The most recent win for the UK was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves, singing “Love Shine A Light”. The UK also holds the record for the number of second place finishes – currently at 16.
In 2022, the UK was represented by Sam Ryder with his song “SPACE MAN”. The performance managed to impress juries and televoters, and the UK finished in second place with 466 points, their best placing since 1998.
Are you excited to see what the BBC could produce with their postcards? Do you think artists will get to visit Liverpool or will it be similar to recent years? What would you do if you were in charge? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow “That Eurovision Site” on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we gear up for Eurovision 2023!
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