Saturday, May 24, 2008

Eurovision 2008 - The Result

Well, as Terry Wogan pointed out after the votes had been announced, “This is no longer a song contest.” The voting is so blatantly political. There’s not even an attempt to hide it any more.

Eurovision was won by an insipid Russian song – it got votes from the Balkan countries, the eastern Baltic states, and some of the eastern European regions, all of whom depend on Russia – “That’s right! Keep the oil flowing through the winter,” said Terry. But it was a crap song.

The UK came last!

I think the western European nations should pull their funding from the competition. It’s been fun, while the fun lasted, but the fun is now over.

2 comments:

Harry said...

It may have been a crap song - don't know, didn't see it - but Dima Bilan is, I believe, a reasonably big star in Russia and Eastern Europe. So it may not be an essentially political decision.

Perhaps if we occasionally fielded established recording artists with a pre-existing fanbase and a proven ability to actually sell records, we might be less likely to come last.

Cailleach said...

Heh. To the whole Eurovision thing.

At least you guys had a song. We had a turkey. In both senses.