BBC plans X Factor style Eurovision competition!

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The BBC is planning an X Factor style competition for picking the UK 2016 Eurovision entry, it has been reported.

The change in the way acts are selected is believed to be a result of the UK's lack of success in the European song contest in recent years.

This year's entry, Electro Velvet narrowly missed coming bottom after receiving just five points.

Acts will be asked to submit an original song before being whittled down by an industry panel. A select number of entrants will then perform live where the British public will vote for who they want to represent the UK.

Each country's selection process for Eurovision differs with Sweden's 'Melodifestivalen', for example, running for several weeks and proving very popular ratings-wise.

BBC's Eurovision commentator Graham Norton approves of the idea. He said: "I think it really shows that they take the competition seriously, and the fact that the public will get the final say on who is sent to represent the UK in Stockholm next year is the icing on the cake!"

Eurovision previously held live act selection programmes which allowed the public to choose who represented the UK up until 2009.

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