UK stays in Eurovision Big 5 despite nil points
The United Kingdom will again fund the Eurovision Song Contest next year despite not scoring a single point in the 2021 competition.
It’s been a run of low results for the Brits, marred by average songs and resentment over leaving the EU, but it will be back in 2022 with France, Germany, Spain and Italy, to underpin the cost of the event. All 5 are guaranteed a place in the Final.
This year the UK drew 0 points, faring worse than 11 points in 2019, when it finished last.
BBC is also parting ways with music partner BMG for its next entry, set to collaborate with TaP Music — the global music publishing and management company behind Dua Lipa, Lana Del Rey, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Ellie Goulding.
41 public broadcasters have confirmed participation in Turin, Italy, including all 39 who took part this year, including the return of Montenegro and Armenia. Turkey is out.
Australia has guaranteed inclusion from the EBU until 2023 through SBS.