The second incarnation of my blog
Winning the Eurovision song contest is an expensive “prize” costing the winners many millions of Euros/Pounds/etc. In our case, that would mean the BBC finding money from a shrinking pool of funds.
Therefore, in 2012 Englebert Humperdink was chosen to perform. He was saddled with a bland song, more suited as a filler on the soundtrack of a straight to DVD movie. It was clearly selected to lose – it had zero chance of appealing to the broad demographics across “Europe” and only just managed to achieve a few more points than zero. Can you imagine any of the numerous Eastern European nations giving such a poor song any points?! Where was the hook? Where was the beat? Where were the dancers?! It should have included some camp at least.
And this year, the BBC have selected Bonnie Tyler, (1980’s rock pop icon) to sing a song that might gather a handful of points from Bonnie devotees, but wont trouble the leader board. The track sounds to me like it was written to order by professional songwriters, as it has that feel of sections written separately, then glued together badly like a poor piece of flat pack furniture. It’s too slow and dull to ever win.
In recent years, I have been critical of the stupidly obvious political voting at Eurovision which almost suggests it should end, as it’s a waste of time and money. However, it clings on by it’s fingernails by being something to laugh at.
With the UK being a musical nation with talent at every turn, how do we not manage to produce a track of some worth every year? We know the answer… we don’t want to come close to winning.