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.
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 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 says: “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 music talent.”
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 in the UK, (BBC 30 Day All Screens, based on consolidated BARB figures), 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.
The 66th Eurovision Song Contest will take place in May 2022, with the Grand Final confirmed for Saturday 14th May 2022. Further details will be announced in due course.
The BBC’s Eurovision coverage is a BBC Studios Entertainment production, commissioned by Kate Phillips, Director of Entertainment. The Executive Producer and Head Of Delegation is Andrew Cartmell, and the series producer and Assistant Head of Delegation is Lee Smithurst. Suzy Lamb is the MD for BBC Studios Entertainment. The Commissioning Editor for the BBC is Rachel Ashdown.
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