S4C the Welsh language broadcaster has today opened the submissions process for the 2016 edition of Cân i Gymru.
The show which has been held since the 1960s is an annual competition to find the best Welsh language song which will go on to represent Wales at the Pan Celtic Song Contest. The 2016 show is scheduled to be held in March with Elin Fflur and Trystan Elis-Morris presenting. A total of 8 songs will compete in the show which is getting some changes for 2016, the first being the public now having a 100% say in the winner, and the first prize money increasing to £5000.
Those wishing to participate have until November 20th to submit their songs to S4C. The singers that are selected will be working with a jury member to help get them ready for their performance. Elen Rhys head of Entertainment at the channel said that:
For 2016, we wanted to make changes, and listened to the viewers’ feedback. So, for the first time in many years, the viewers alone will choose the 2016 winner. This was important for us, but, we also wanted to hear the opinion of experts from the music industry, and that’s why we’ve introduced an extra judges’ trophy prize – Tlws y Beirniaid – for 2016.