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Eurovision… call me a cynic

eurovision-2013-malmo-logo-400The Eurovision Song Contest is just around the corner.  Without a doubt, the UK entries in 2012 and 2013 were chosen to lose. There, I’ve said it and it’s a bold statement…

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.

5 comments on “Eurovision… call me a cynic

  1. Raybeard
    May 2, 2013

    Call me old fashioned (and you’d be right) but I quite liked last year’s song. Could go on at length about the things you say, SOME with which I’m in agreement, but it would be like writing a whole new article. Sounds like when you were writing this there was a bee buzzing around in your bonnet. Hope it’s escaped now – not least for the bee’s sake. 🙂

    Btw: Belated M.H.Rs. for last Friday, Stephen.

  2. sfchapman
    May 2, 2013

    I found last years song acceptable as an album filler, but it could never have won (and scraped a handful of points). No one would ever vote for a guy sitting on a stool singing to a single guitar. It was a big empty stage and in today’s Eurovision, the winner always has a “performance”.

    We planned to fail on purpose!

  3. Nik the Greek
    May 2, 2013

    The song to represent Greece is horrible to say the least. I’m even embarrassed by it. I haven’t heard UK’s song yet. I will though.
    Although eurovision us a bit of a joke, it’s always fun to watch. I can’t help myself

  4. sfchapman
    May 3, 2013

    But at least Cyprus will give it 12 points 🙂

    My Mum and Dad are back in Cyprus for a few months, so I will blame them!

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