Andrew Lloyd Webber to write song, select entry for Eurovision

The UK last won the Eurovision Song Contest in 1997. Since then, the nation's performances have proved increasingly unpopular among the show's global audience, with last year’s entry coming in second to last. Andrew Lloyd Webber hopes to make this lack of success a thing of the past, by composing the song and choosing the artist via a reality TV show.

The experienced musician, whose past successes include the composition of Evita, Cats and The Phantom of the Opera, was asked by the BBC to embark on his nationwide search, which he begins at the end of next month. "Entrants will be scrutinised by Andrew and a team of music industry professionals who will decide on a shortlist of six finalists," explained the BBC in a statement.

Having previously used reality shows to help him find the leads in his musicals 'the Sound of Music' and 'Joseph', Lloyd Webber will use a similar series of live shows entitled 'Your Country Needs You' to help him find the act that will perform his song at the Eurovision Song Contest 2009, next May.

The search is open to both amateur and professional artists and the winner will be decided by a series of public votes.

"Win, lose or draw, I am looking forward to every minute of it and I hope everyone has a fun time along the way," explained Andrew Lloyd Webber in a statement.

What do you think will happen?

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Oct 21, 2008
Eurovision is where terrible songs performed by attention-starved delinquents of all European nationalities compete to be crowned the Song for Europe. Winning is like winning "worst breath competition" or "least friends". But most people use it as an excuse to host cheesey Euro-parties where people drink lots of alcohol, boo the Germans and laugh at the Finns. I love it!
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Oct 21, 2008
i'd like to think that this is going to make a difference in Eurovision but, to be honest, i think that it's so political now with countries just voting for their neighbours that i'm doubtful this is going to work...
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Oct 21, 2008
Haha! Sounds interesting..
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Oct 21, 2008
interesting!!! will be fun to see how andrew is gonna pull england out of the rut it's been in the past 11 years!!!!i myself will be voting for ireland no matter what!!!
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Oct 20, 2008
England has had really bad songs for Eurovision. I hope that will change. :)
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Oct 20, 2008
em eurovision is not a reality. its a 50 year old song contest. but lloyd weber or not england cannot win with the way the contest is today...
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Oct 20, 2008
You can find more about the contest by clicking on the more option or by visiting: http://www.tv.com/eurovision-song-contest/show/73101/summary.html :)
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Oct 20, 2008
What is Eurovision?
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Oct 20, 2008
They don't know what to do to keep those realitys in, each time they get worse and worse.
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