Category: Eurovision

Eurovision Wrong Contest

May 27, 2008 | By | 2 Comments

Another Eurovision song contest ends in controversy as the UK are awarded a paltry 14 points placing them in joint bottom position alongside Germany and the Russian entry, a painful, derivative dirge entitled ‘Believe’, won with 272 points.

People are asking whether the contest is really about the songs or are people voting for reasons other than the quality of the compositions? Eastern European countries appear to take the competition immensely seriously but then they go and vote based upon apparent cultural links or familiarity with the performer, not on the quality of the songs, which appeared to mainly consist of teutonic marching music or cringe-worthy ballads.

Viewed as a whole, the 2008 European Song Contest, hosted in Belgrade Arena, was a fantastic TV spectacle but the music was, for the most part, absolutely chronic. There were several alleged ‘joke’ entries, like the Bosnian-Herzegovinan involving a washing line and people knitting, which were simply not funny. Or did I miss something.

Terry Wogan accurately summed it up when he said that this is no longer a music contest. Perhaps 2009 will be the year in which the traditional Eurovision countries follow Austria and pull out of the contest altogether, please.