Oh well - at least the Turkish belly dancing will have enlivened the choreographic contributions: On a sea of tat, no one would throw Britain a lifeline
By Rupert Smith for The Guardian
There can no longer be any possible doubt that Britain is the pariah of Europe. UK hopefuls Jemini emerged point-free from the Eurovision Song Contest on Saturday - and although it was a bloody awful song, it was not alone in that respect.
Juries happily gave points to Austria (an apparent cretin with toy animals on stage), Ukraine (featuring a contortionist in a turquoise leotard), and even Poland (a man with bright red hair who looked like a hormonally challenged Lulu). On all these they lavished points, but to the UK, not a bean. click for more
************************ Nul points - UK out of tune with Europe
Recriminations fly as song contest debacle prompts calls for BBC to change way entry is selected
By Matt Wells for The Guardian
As national humiliations go, it was hardly Dunkirk. But the UK's failure to secure a single point in this year's Eurovision Song Contest induced an unusually wide-ranging bout of hand-wringing by cultural commentators, musicians and even a cabinet minister.
The dismally tuneless performance of Cry Baby by the Liverpool duo Jemini was blamed variously on technical problems, the poor quality of the song and even Britain's stance on the war with Iraq. The arch disdain traditionally accorded to the contest merely served to heighten the sense of embarrassment about the country's worst result since the competition began in 1956. click for more
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