As the national final season closes for 2023, the UK’s national broadcaster BBC has hinted its entry to Eurovision 2023 will be revealed on March 9th.
UPDATE: The BBC has confirmed that the entry will be revealed during the Zoe Ball Show
Rumour mill to stop on March 9th
During a radio broadcast on BBC Radio 2, present Owain Wyn Evans said that the UK entrant would be revealed on March 9th. This is tomorrow at the time of writing. The act should be revealed during the Zoe Ball Show, set to be broadcast between 06:30 and 09:30 GMT. Rylan will also join Zoe to help reveal the name. It is not known whether the song will also be released simultaneously.
It comes as the rumour mill has been in overdrive regarding the UK’s Eurovision act for 2023. Several high-profile names have been suggested to be represented the UK on home soil. These names include Rina Sawayama, Mimi Webb, Wet Leg, Freya Ridings and Mae Muller, among others. These rumours should be put to bed on March 9th, following the broadcast with Zoe Ball.
TaP remains in control of selecting the act for Eurovision 2023. This is following their successful selection of Sam Ryder ahead of the Contest in Turin last year.
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.
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News Source: BBC
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