Euro song contest needs fizz
PUBLISHED: 10:47 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 16:08 25 August 2010
As a near lifelong fan of the Eurovision song contest, I was interested to read Cheryl Baker s views on the present state of the UK s involvement in the annual competition. Why on earth should we bow out just because we haven t done well over the last ten
As a near lifelong fan of the Eurovision song contest, I was interested to read Cheryl Baker's views on the present state of the UK's involvement in the annual competition. Why on earth should we bow out just because we haven't done well over the last ten years? This seems like defeatist talk to me - a case of bad losers!
What we need to do is up our game and send a decent song and singer, which is just what Andrew Lloyd Webber is doing this year.
Because we haven't taken it at all seriously for many years, no really well-known singer or songwriter would have been prepared to risk their careers by entering. This is in complete contrast to the way most Europeans, especially eastern Europeans and Scandinavians, see it.
They enter their top artists, or if they are just upcoming singers who have won their national finals, then this would be seen as a serious launching pad for their careers.
After this, they go on serious promotion tours, getting them and their song on all the television and radio programmes on rivals' stations and making themselves well known before the event. This is why neighbouring countries tend to vote for each other.
Why is Cheryl so ashamed of the - as she puts it - stigma attached to Bucks Fizz's Eurovision performance? It didn't do any harm to Abba, and Riverdance's Eurovision origins are well known.
In your article you state that the competition has taken its biggest blow with the departure of Terry Wogan last year. On the contrary, Terry Wogan was the very reason why the contest lost its credibility in this country, because of his jibes at the singers, songs, countries and the contest as a whole.
It was because of Wogan that the contest came to be seen as a joke in the British media and therefore with the British public.
Every year the UK, along with France, Spain and Germany, get automatic qualification to the final whereas most other countries have to go through one of the semi-finals. This is another reason why the rest of Europe aren't too keen to vote for us, especially when we put forward entries such as Scooch and Daz Simpson.
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