Sandie Shaw may have been the UK’s first ever Eurovision winner, but the lady really does not like the contest. She’s slammed it on multiple occasions in the past, and in this month’s Mojo Magazine she takes the opportunity to throw even more shade.
Shaw claims that her entry was only a PR exercise to redeem her image after an affair with a married man. Apparently, her reputation at the time was in such a state that the now disgraced entertainer Rolf Harris wanted to ban her participation. To make matters worse, she wasn’t even a fan of the event to begin with:
I thought the Eurovision Song Contest was crap, it wasn’t even on my or my friends’ radar. I’m a post-war baby and the whole idea of countries fighting again seemed ridiculous.
On her song she says:
When I got lumbered with singing “Puppet On A String” I knew there would be a lot of fans who wouldn’t want me doing it.
Shaw’s biggest bugbear against the contest would seem to be the impact it had on her career subsequently.
Then they gave me a German Oom-pah Oom-pah band as accompaniment, which was the worst thing ever, but was the right thing to do to win Eurovision. I went to Vienna, I sang the song, I was the first to win the contest for the UK, I got to number one, although some of my recording territories in Europe didn’t put the song out as a single because they saw it as uncool. Did I get back the control I’d lost over my career after the success? No, it had an adverse effect. I launched the Sandie Shaw fashion label in 1968, it had been agreed on before Eurovision and I nearly lost the opportunity because the manufacturing company thought doing Eurovision was so uncool.
The self-confessed nudist recently came out of retirement to release “Riot Pictures”, exactly fifty years after her first single. Now it could be just us, but is it not a tad flippant to brand a career spanning half a century as damaged?
Shaw is just one of many former Eurovision personalities to hit out at the contest. Only yesterday, ex-UK commentator Terry Wogan labelled it a “freakshow” in the aftermath of Conchita Wurst’s 2014 victory. And in an exclusive wiwibloggs interview,2010 Danish representative Tomas N’Evergreen advised against participating in the competition.