Eurovision! Loved the staging (noticed we had a March of the Athletes this year, #legacy2012) and loved Petra the host but this is actually the first year in ages I’ve not really felt the need to buy the official album, or indeed download a few individual tracks from it. It was a pleasant and largely inoffensive set of songs, but very little pushed my pop buttons. We enjoyed Romania and Norway at our house party last night, but whilst both had a good sound, personally I thought they lacked a killer tune. Interestingly one of my favourites was France’s opener, which was never going to get anywhere. Finland’s seemed to be what the British would think is a good Eurovision song but didn’t really have much killer about it, which then hilariously got no votes from us.
I’m completely baffled as to what everyone saw in the Danish winning entry, we’d have happily accepted pretty much any of the five or six next entries over it. It wasn’t a runaway winner in its semi either, Russia was only 11 votes behind it. Intriguingly we only gave Ireland 6 points in the semi (and only 1pt in the final!) proving that that British sense of fair play is alive and well, or something.
So what next? We’re not one of those tediously earnest types who goes “I think you’ll find there’s no political voting in the Eurovision ACTually,” followed by “If only we put in someone who is internationally well known with a good song we’ll storm it! We could win it every year if we wanted to” when we put in Bonnie Tyler with a song that’s average at best and end up beating Cascada. There is, I have decided, no point trying to second guess the Eurovision Song Contest, other than we should try entering something a little bit poppier than we have done the last few years and enjoy the ride. It remains a good value proposition for the BBC.
That Eurovision anthem is never going to catch on.
Almost five million people watched it in the Netherlands last night, almost a third of all people in the country, and a 65% share of the TV watching viewership on the night. Germany and the UK both had around 8m watching it, but of the
Big Five France and Italy could only manage audiences of around 2m.