Most Brits take for granted the UK’s right to go straight to the final at the Eurovision Song Contest. But this privillege could be removed should the Scottish Government’s plan to set up a separate Scottish broadcaster (if there is a ‘yes’ vote in the upcoming referendum) go ahead, reports the Daily Mail. The UK at a semi-final? Could you imagine that – could this be a wake-up call? Will we finally send our best and brightest musicians?
Not only that, but the proposed Scottish broadcaster, the Scottish Broadcasting Service, would be asked to reapply for EBU member status. This means, probably, a lengthy process of waiting and bureaucracy before we know if an independent Scottish state could show its face at the Contest.
This isn’t exactly a difficult thing to deal with – let’s be honest – the EBU saw the break-up of states such as Serbia and Montenegro in 2005, so there is a precedent for these processes – in contrast to the debate regarding prospective EU membership, I think we can safely say that this will not result in panic. It’s quite simple – every independent broadcaster calmly waits and applies.
In this vein, it could mean that it’ll be a year out for both the rest of the United Kingdom and the newly independent Scotland, but who’s to say that this won’t make the Contest more interesting in future years?
Yes, being a resident in Edinburgh myself has allowed me to appreciate more the sort of talent the Scots have produced over the years – could anyone imagine the likes of Annie Lennox, Amy MacDonald, Paolo Nutini or Calvin Harris representing this country known for its beautiful landscapes and bagpipes?
Like with all things in this referendum, we won’t know a thing until the thing is held and we have a result. If there is a ‘yes’ vote, perhaps we’ll see a bit of friendly banter between the United Kingdom and Scotland, akin to the sorts of cheeky battling we’ve observed in Scandinavia. Or, if a ‘no’ vote is what the Scottish people will have to bear, then perhaps the UK will continue to send its selection of geriatrics and C-list singers to the Contest whilst the rest of Europe holds magnificent national selections and/or openly publicises its entries through the mainstream media.
One can only wonder…