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.
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