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Flying The Flag – or not?

Posted by DINRIL on March 19, 2007

Well, after weeks of waiting the UK has finally chosen its entry to send to Helsinki in May – and the winner certainly came as a bit of a surprise to us. We’d fully expected to see Justin Hawkins strutting his stuff on the Finnish stage come the big night, staking his claim as the British answer to Guildo Horn and giving us all an awful lot of entertainment if not an awful lot of points.

But frankly, the thought of Scooch winning wasn’t one we had even chosen to contemplate, being such a ridiculous, gimmicky tune – surely we learned our lesson last year when Daz’s dancing schoolgirls failed to impress the massed ranks of Europe? And as for the song’s reference to salted nuts and sir wanting “something to suck on for landing”, well let’s not go there.

In fact, the whole event was altogether peculiar, and not least because of the debacle in which Wogan wrongly announced the name of the winner, leading ballad chanteuse Cyndi to believe that she had won the UK’s golden ticket to Eurovision glory. Unlike previous years, there was no indication of how many votes had been cast, no points given, and the losing acts were unceremoniously shipped off stage looking rather disgruntled when told they had failed to make the grade.

While we are the first to admit that the standard of songs was a little better than usual, there was still an air of the whole thing being a bit rushed, which was odd given that our national final took place a week after anybody else’s. The person we feel most sorry for, meanwhile, is poor old Cyndi, who took her unexpected defeat as well as could be expected even though she was clearly gutted. Had she actually been the winner, she could have made quite an impression – OK, so we weren’t fans of the song at first but when we actually saw her perform it there was no denying it was simple and effective on stage – and sometimes that’s all a Eurovision entry really needs.

But instead, we’ve gone for the cheesy pop option – and while there’s plenty of that in the Eurovision line-up next year, the fact that a lot of countries – Bulgaria and Georgia spring instantly to mind – are sending very striking, credible songs – only serves to make our entry look even more paper-thin than it really is.

Then again, perhaps there is some genius in the great British public’s moment of madness. After all, two non-members of Team Eurovision who were gathered round the TV on Saturday night said straight away that they would win, and are now even going so far to saying that they’ll finish in the top five on the night. We have to say that we remain sceptical – perhaps it might have done well in the late 80s when bright pop songs and wacky antics were par for the course, but these days you need something a bit more substantial to win.

With the future credibility of the UK in Eurovision at stake, let’s just hope we’re wrong.

One Response to “Flying The Flag – or not?”

  1. Boy George said

    Oh wait. Yes, I have. I’m sorry, but I just don’t have it in me right now to type it all out again. Besides, it was just ramblings anyway. You didn’t want to hear me go on and on about this, right?

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