For those of you who aren't familiar with it.The Eurovision Song Contest is an annual 'music',and I use the word loosely,contest broadcast around Europe where countries compete against each other with their chosen national delegate.They each perform and then each country votes for each song on a points system followed by a public vote to decide the eventual winner.I should add for the past few years,bizarrely Australia have been allowed to compete.It has been going for a very long time and has become less about the songs and more about neighbouring countries voting for each other and political statements,in my own opinion.
The latest instalment was broadcast,live from Tel Aviv,Israel last night,as they won the previous years contest and so had the right to host it.This caused controversy and protests before it even started because of the whole Palestein issue.There was even an on screen protest from the Icelandic entry,which was quickly jumped on by the host broadcasters.After all the increasingly bizzare performances,including an incredibly out of tune and frankly embarrassing interlude performance from none other than Madonna,the voting began.
After what seemed like an entire lifetime,the eventual winner was revealed as The Netherlands who were tipped as favourites before the contest started.To me,it was an instantly forgettable song and already,will have been forgotten by many,including myself.Well done to the young male singer anyway.Unsurprisngly The United Kingdom,where I come from finished LAST!! Again a young guy who did his best,but stood no chance.Not just because of his singing,which was ok ,but as the final public vote proved Brexit clearly worked against us.Basically it was political I'm sure.So there you have it.If you didn't watch it,quite frankly you were one of the lucky ones.
So...to sum up.Is it time for it to be scrapped,or should the big broadcasters such as the BBC stop ploughing money into it ,or just stop broadcasting it and leave the other European nations to it? I know it is meant to be a bit of fun and cheesy and an excuse to have a laugh(which we all need right now in this country anyway),but seriously has it gone too far from the original concept?
Sorry for the long post,but I thought it would be interesting to get some views.Alternatively,if you never knew the thing existed,you do now!
Thanks for reading.