Eurovision Song Contest
In the first 18 years of the Eurovision Song Contest we never came last, and came first in 3 contests. In the last 18 years of Eurovision Song Contest we never came first, and came last in 5 contests.
The number of UK viewers of the contest was 21.56 million in 1973. This year it was 7.4 million. Boris Johnsons statement on Covid-19 on 23 March 2020 attracted 27.1 million viewers, and the Great British Bake-off between 2015-2016 attracted 15 million, so people are no longer interested in it in the UK. It’s a tattered old remnant with sequins stitched on. All the glitter and none of the gold.
The Eurovision Song Contest was loosely based on the Sanremo Music Festival in Italy. It is run by the European Broadcasting Union, founded in 1950, but isn’t aligned or connected with the EU.
Recently the UK entries have been no-one we know, singing songs that no-one likes, so is it any wonder we have turned off what is virtually a jam car of a show, filling up a slot in valuable UK public-funded airtime. Party political broadcasts of the last decades would be more popular, but the euro-bent management of the BBC refuses to give way, still clinging onto the tatters, still not supporting independence, and still not prepared to criticise anything about the EU, when given recent events and failures they should be going for the jugular.
This year the country who has had the most winners of Eurovision, Ireland, one of the founder members, didn’t even qualify, but countries who are not in Europe, but with appalling entries did.
Also, this year we weren’t the worst entry, but we came last, which was entirely predictable, given its ethos. True this year we had a pretty poor entry, but even if we had ABBA or Johnny Logan’s, we probably couldn’t have won this year, as seems it’s gone from political to extremely political views and opinions. It’s not a question of trying to find the best in Europe, but more one of trying to put the worst in Europe in order. Voting has changed from songs to personalities and ideologies, perfectly representing what’s been happening at the BBC for a long time, the ultimate in personality cults. Adverts on the BBC, for the BBC, supporting the BBC, ‘Tell us how good you think we are.’
Like Jeux sans frontiers, it’s probably time to call it a day, as it doesn’t really represent anybody’s views in the UK any more, only the BBC’s. The days of the old BBC are past, many now clinging onto a history, rather than its present state.
An estimate of the cost in the UK of the event is probably around £6 million a shot, unless you host it, then it’s about £30-40 million, just to be told this year how bad you are.
How long do we need to pay this legal extortion without any representation. Jobs of the boys, by the boys, for the boys.