So what went wrong this time?
Posted by Caroline on May 14, 2007
To be honest, we don’t really want to start harping on about the logjam of Western European countries at the bottom of the scoreboard on Saturday night. The papers have been full of it, Eurovision fans have barely stopped talking about it, and frankly we’re bored now. The point is: political voting or no political voting, the East Europeans just had better songs overall – the West Europeans didn’t have anything even close to the calibre of Serbia, Georgia, Slovenia or Latvia – and as far as we’re concerned, the best song won. End of.
We are, however, starting to think that the UK’s recent run of bad luck at the contest has nothing to do with the Iraq war and everything to do with our inability to recognise Eurovision trends in time. For example, ethno-pop was big business at Eurovision in 2003 and 2004, courtesy of Turkey and Ukraine. So what did the UK go and do? Yes, that’s right, we sent an ethno-pop song in 2005. And it was a disaster.
Subsequently, when novelty and gimmicky songs ruled the roost in 2006, we responded by sending a gimmicky song – complete with requisite silly dance routine and costumes – in 2007, the year that a lady in a black suit standing on stage won with a simple power ballad, and no corny dance routine.
Presumably next year the UK will respond by sending a lady standing on stage singing a power ballad. And no doubt the contest will be won by a one-legged bald chicken in a dress.