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Eurovision Song Contest

(38 Posts)
MawBroon Sat 12-May-18 23:28:47

Does anybody still watch this?
Does anybody care or has it all become too unutterably naff?
In the 70’s when far fewer nations took part, we used to have or go to dinner parties where you drew a country in a sweep and actually watched the shenanigans (with suitable toasts for one’s “own” country)

Chewbacca Sat 12-May-18 23:51:25

According to the BBC news, it got a little more exciting for a few brief minutes, anyway because someone "stormed" the stage whilst Suri, the British contestant, was half way through her song. Livened things up a bit apparently! But to answer your question, Maw, no, I have watched it for years. Don't know anyone who would admit to going so either grin

Moocow Sat 12-May-18 23:51:34

I know a group of teens who look forward to it as they do things like the international games. I understand it's quite a big thing with students. Gives them something to join together/celebrate, maybe both.

hildajenniJ Sun 13-May-18 00:12:02

I watched it, but was decidedly underwhelmed. The whole thing goes on for far too long, and the voting takes ages as they do it in two stages now. Jury votes then viewers votes. Perhaps it's a younger person's show! Does that make me an old fogey?

Maggiemaybe Sun 13-May-18 00:13:20

Well I’ll admit it’s been on in our house tonight. blush I’ll also admit I should have switched it off about ten minutes in.

I vaguely remember there being a few decent tunes last year. This year not so much, though I did actually like the German entry.

I felt sorry for Suri when whoever it was ran on stage and grabbed her microphone. It must have been scary and she did well to carry on.

Grammaretto Sun 13-May-18 00:24:40

Terry Wogan's commentary made it bearable but Graham Norton sounds as bored as I was.
It's still political and the UK suffered from the Brexit factor.
I also liked the German entry and also France and Austria.

Chewbacca Sun 13-May-18 00:28:48

I agree Grammaretto, Terry Wogan's running commentary was very funny and was the best part of the show. Graham Norton sounds as though he'd rather be anywhere else but there. don't blame him really.

sodapop Sun 13-May-18 08:25:49

I didn't watch this year but agree with others that Terry Wogan made the whole thing enjoyable. If Norton sounded bored then shame on him, he was being paid to commentate on the show and should have made an effort to keep the audience interested.

Bathsheba Sun 13-May-18 08:34:40

I haven't watched it or indeed had any interest in it for several years. My DH watches it every year (while vehemently protesting that it's only because there's nothing much else on and he's really not interested grin), and he gets irate every year about the political voting, and the fact that the worst, most naff, entries get the most attention. I am weary of telling him that the Eurovision Song Contest is not about music any more hmm

petra Sun 13-May-18 08:36:46

Last night was the first time I've switched it off. I liked it more when it had all the naff groups.
If that was the best that Europe could offer, sad
I really do think it's time we walked away from it. What's the point of keep beating yourself up.

Maggiemaybe Sun 13-May-18 08:37:21

TW was hilarious, but he did have the huge advantage of being allowed to say just what he wanted, without weighing every word in case it broke a rule or offended someone. I think even Terry might have struggled these days.

FarNorth Sun 13-May-18 08:43:11

TW amusing? He always sounded smug and supercilious, to me.

I read the report of the guy snatching the mic. That must have been so scary for Surie.

Oldwoman70 Sun 13-May-18 08:49:59

I haven't watched it, or taken any interest in it, for years. I didn't even hear the UK entry until last Friday! Does anyone actually believe that the best song wins?

Gerispringer Sun 13-May-18 08:56:09

I think it’s hilarious, but then I have fond memories of ABBA and Bucks Fizz .....those were the days. I would have watched it but the GC insisted on Britain’s Got Talent - if you think Eurovision was dire you should have watched that.😒

DanniRae Sun 13-May-18 08:58:03

I recorded it so I can leave out the boring bits between songs and thought the UK entry was enjoyable but scary when the man jumped up on stage - I agree she did really well to carry on. I love Graham Norton's commentary - Terry Wogan got on my nerves, to be honest. As FarNorth has said he was so smug (and pleased with himself). I found the voting really exciting but only finished watching it this morning! We didn't win but no surprise there - I doubt we'll win the Football World Cup either but, as always, we live in hope.

TerriBull Sun 13-May-18 09:38:27

I don't watch it and haven't for years. Why do we even bother entering, we have nothing to prove, we have umpteen world class acts, we conquered the world of musical entertainment decades ago with the Beatles and all those that followed thereafter. England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland all punch well above their weight as far singers, groups, composers, song writers established on the world stage. With the exception of the Swedish group ABBA, has the European Song Contents ever produced any worthwhile acts. Their win was of course years ago when The Eurovision Song Contest still had some credibility and the votes were cast for the best act without all these alliances that seem to be a feature of this ridiculous farce of late.

DanniRae Sun 13-May-18 10:02:19

I think we still take part TerrBull because we are a country with world class acts - we have nothing to prove so it's just a bit of fun and also a tradition to be involved.

Humbertbear Sun 13-May-18 10:03:28

We watched with a curry , wine and score sheets. Graham Norton’s commentary is very funny as are many of the costumes and routines. It was great fun.

henetha Sun 13-May-18 10:19:47

Well, I enjoyed it. All of it. It's harmless. And I like Graham Norton's wry commentary.

shysal Sun 13-May-18 11:32:32

I recorded the whole thing and started to look at a few moments of each song until I had seen about 10, most of which were rather dreary, then went to bed. I also liked the German song, it was a bit like Ed Sheeran's compositions and the singer even had a lovely head of red curls. I will find and listen to the winning entry sometime then delete the whole programme.

BlueBelle Sun 13-May-18 11:43:42

Haven’t watched for years and am not interested enough to even wonder I be
I believe we came towards the bottom as normal andwhy on earth are Israel and Australia in a European comp I ve never got my head round that one
I saw the winner on the news this morning and that look totally bizarre and very very daft
In answer to the original question yes I think people do still watch I know a number of younger folk who have. Eurovision parties I cannot imagine why it’s seems as naff as it can get

Greyduster Sun 13-May-18 11:47:56

I don’t watch it - haven’t since Bucks Fizz I don’t think! It’s a travesty now anyway and you know what the result will be year after year.

paddyann Sun 13-May-18 11:56:50

I watched it ,there was some good stuff on it this year ,I liked Denmark and Germany ,the Irish boys song was lovely and there were another few that I would buy.I do like new music though and always go out of my way to find new artists .Some really good voices last night...some rubbish too .

nanaK54 Sun 13-May-18 12:14:50

I haven't watched it for years, did however see a news report this morning which showed the protester jumping on stage and grabbing the mic from our contestant, I thought she was remarkably calm, good for her!

Maggiemaybe Sun 13-May-18 13:46:08

The audience give her a rousing ovation at the end of her performance. I thought she might get some sympathy votes from it, but alas, it wasn't meant to be. smile

I don't think ours was a bad song, either.