- 6 Dec 2017
Just wanted to say what an absolute load of old B*****s!
isn't it Jerusalem 2019....that EUROPEAN city of cultureI thought it was quite reflective of the season. Song 1 started things off punchy and high energy. Expectation was high. Then the Spanish appeared with a love ballad (about old friends winning together) and then it declined into a farce. A bizarre woman clucking wins it but the highlight for me was watching the very last deciding vote and the Cyprus wannabe Shakira thinking she had won, and then realising she hadnt, Cut camera.
Great how Russia were booed even when voting and how backward thinking the Chinese were not to air it because of rainbow flags and tatooes. Crazy world.
Next year Bethlehem. Hopefully an English 3 piece who perform dressed as 3 kings riding camels. Honestly the song doesnt matter...
The thing is if Israel's entry represented the UK it would not have won...I have to confess that I enjoy Eurovision as any multi-national event normally has my attention (unless it involves rugby or motorsport).
However, I was disappointed the UK did as badly as it did. I never expected it to win or even trouble the top of the leader board but our song was deserving of so much better than 24th out of 26th. Even with the stage invader (SuRie did brilliantly to continue) and a bit of a sympathy vote, we struggled. Are we really that disliked in mainland Europe nowadays? Last year, you could blame the public as the juries actually gave the UK over 100 points. This year without much in the way of jury support we did a lot worse. Then again, Australia are starting to know what it’s like to receive ‘nul points’ from the public too. The last two years have seen them get very few points from the public vote. Their entry should have taken some sandpaper out on stage with her …
As for the winner – well, that just about sums up Eurovision!
Sorry, no whoosh here - I genuinely love watching it, despite (or maybe because) of the politics, the chicken songs outscoring beautiful ballads tenfold or more, different countries styles and likes/dislikes, Graham Norton, the utter joy when someone actually DOES give us some points, just the whole madness of it, and just occasionally a decent song (in fact of the 26 each year, I probably like more than the top 26 in any given week in the UK charts or that I would hear on Radio1 or whatever other mainstream stations exist nowadays).Ok I’ll fall for it...whoosh!
Again, the UK's entry was far from the worst there (check out San Marino's entry - a bald dentist saying 'na na na na' over and over again and sounding like Leonard Cohen going through an ill-fated disco phase. It was so woeful I had to vote for it), but it still finished last and by some distance. The juries threw it a handful of points but with the public only Germany received fewer. Maybe we're just disliked in Europe nowadays? Maybe we are up against too many nations who just aren't going to be voting for us - Azerbaijan aren't likely to throw points our way but will send them towards the culturally similar Russia? Who knows? It's a bit dispiriting seeing us barely even trouble the left hand side of the scoring board let alone get anywhere near winning it!I actually decided to watch the end bit this year, when the votes are presented. Didn't hear any songs but was a little amused to see UK finishing last. Assume it was all still farcical, like every year.