Friday, 1 June 2012


It is understood that the UK pays 20% of the production costs towards the Eurovision Song Contest - a televisual feast typified by some bizarre performances, outrageous costumes and blatant voting alliances; in front of an annual audience of up to 120m people. Since 2000, the UK, Germany, France and Spain have automatically qualified for the contest final, regardless of their positions in the previous years contest. They were later joined by Italy and earned this special status by being the five biggest financial contributors to the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) - without which the production of the Eurovision Song Contest would not be possible.

The rules requiring countries to sing in their own national language have changed several times over the years. Some years you must sing in your native tongue, other years you can sing in any given language (the language of preference being English).

So consider this year's UK entrant - 76 year-old crooner Englebert Humperdinck - singing in his first language - he never really stood a chance in this year's contest in Baku, Azerbaijan - did he?

Voting alliances? Oh yes, let's not deny they don't exist; this is one of the humorous mainstays of the Eurovision Song Contest every year. Or at least it used to be until you consider the UK is paying 20% for the p*ss-take! Do the Scandinavians really like each other's songs so much or can't they bear to be without each other? Is it pure coincidence certain countries' (Greece and Cyprus, Romania and Moldova etc.) insist on giving 12 points to the country closest to them every year, even if the song may be truly awful?

Where does/did this leave the UK and The Hump? Second to last place and 12 points in this year's contest - since you ask! It is rumoured that the UK contestant for next year may well be Sir Cliff Richard...

Surely things can't be that bad!

Interesting fact - the US country singer Tammy Wynette (1942-1998) who had a worldwide hit with "Stand By Your Man" in the late 60's - was in fact married five times.

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