Well, it’s that time of the year again! Those of you with long memories may remember I posted a rant up about Eurovision last year.
So I was thinking about what I didn’t like about Eurovision last year, and after searching around on the internet a bit I found an interesting article on the BBC website about Block Voting.
There are apparently two camps with regards to “block voting” — one camp is that it’s purely a cultural thing, i.e. neighbouring countries vote for each other because the culture is similar, and they would like similar music. The other camp is that the countries are voting for each other for purely political reasons.
I’m not sure which is correct at the moment, although I do suspect that it is at least partially political. But I did see one interesting comment on another article though:
“I would understand this barrage of criticism if “the four greats (UK, France, Germany and Spain)”, who are great only for political and financial reasons irrespective of what sub-standard musical effort they send to Eurovision, had tried a bit harder and sent a good song sung by talented singers.
“Eastern countries” try much harder as they do not view this competition as a kitschfest … It is the Western countries that should try to shake off this ridiculous cliche and start treating Eurovision with a bit of creativity and open-mindedness …
The Serbian ballad [last year’s winner] is strong and does not depend on trollies and outdated gimmicks to conceal the performers lack of talent. Serbia has brought back music to this contest. [– Zeljko, London, UK, on this article]
I can’t speak for other countries, but perhaps if the UK did start to take the competition a bit more… well, seriously, and didn’t submit the same old utter crap which we do year on year, we might have more of a chance of getting a little bit higher than second from last place?
I for one would welcome a competition where people actually cared about the music, and we didn’t just watch it to get a few cheap laughs at some ridiculous lyrics. (It can’t just be me – when I watch Eurovision sometimes I feel like I’m laughing at a kid with a disability!)
Aaaaanyway. I think we should get together and form a Eurovision 2009 entry… that’ll show ’em!
Now excuse me while I don my pipe and slippers and reminisce about how much better everything was “in my day”.
Edit: I should probably mention that due to a wedding I won’t actually be watching this year. Lucky escape, huh?