Eurovision Song Contest 2012
Another year, another Eurovision. Will it be good? For its entertainment value, I suppose it will be.
Should the UK pull out? Yes, I believe we should. Perhaps we could then watch it as farcical entertainment without handing out over £100,000 of license payers money for a competition that is so politically motivated, it has absolutely nothing to do with the best written and performed song of the competition.
The UK (like America) is at the cutting edge of music, so why do we insist on putting our talented artists into a competition that no longer seems to play by the rules? Or, should that be that has never played by the rules for many years now?
The last Euro was a prime example when block voting handed the prize to the Russian entry. It really is time we woke up. This competition is no longer about talent, it’s all about scoring political points with each other’s neighbours.
Apparently, we gain automatic entry due to the fact we are one of the largest contributors to Eurovision. That isn’t the point though. It’s the least that can be done for the countries that are footing the bill and have to deal with, what is pretty obvious, block voting. The last Eurovision even saw Sir Terry Wogan expressing his doubt as to whether he would want to cover the event again saying it was “no longer a music contest”.
We could have the best song ever written, we’ve had some really good ones, and we wouldn’t win. However, give that same song to one of the ‘block voting’ countries and it would probably win hands down. Eurovision is now all about a country’s self-image and will probably remain so for the near future. The last UK entry which was performed by Andy Abraham finished in joint last place. No, surprise there, and it won’t surprise me if that’s where we end up in 2012.
In recent days, it would appear that Armenian Public Television has officially informed the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) of their withdrawal from the 2012 Eurovision Song Contest. The reason, announced by Armenian Public Television, accused the Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev of making hostile remarks. This just proves my point. If countries are not voting for their neighbours, then they’re trying to score political points. Eurovision is supposed to be a music competition, not a political war field! Can we not leave our prejudice on the doorstep and enjoy what used to be, many years ago, a remarkable selection of talented artists from around Europe? I guess not.
This year it’s the turn of Engelbert Humperdinck to wave the flag for the UK. Good luck to him. He’ll need it.