As the lineup for the Eurovision’s Greatest Hits 60th anniversary celebration concert was revealed, one name has been glaringly absent: Sandie Shaw. And it turns out the woman who gave the UK their first win in 1967 with “Puppet on a String” isn’t happy about the snub.
The drama started when Sandie’s fans asked why she wasn’t appearing as part of the Eurovision’s Greatest Hits concert. She made this response on Facebook, and included the email address of BBC Eurovision head Guy Freeman, urging to fans to contact him.
But the barefoot diva shortly followed up with another post, going into more detail about her experience, but also asking fans to stop emailing Guy Freeman.
Sandie Shaw might be puzzled as to why she’s not made the Greatest Hits invitation list, but we can’t help wonder if it has anything to do with the attitude towards Eurovision she’s expressed in previous interviews. Only five months ago she told Mojo magazine that she only did Eurovision as a PR stunt to help salvage her image after being named as the ‘other woman’ in an affair with a married man. It was also reported that at the time she thought of the competition as being “crap” and said that competing in it damaged her career.
As the BBC told the Daily Mail, it all comes down to numbers: “As a 90-minute show, it would be impossible to include all 1400 acts that have entered the contest over the years, this means that difficult decisions have to be made regarding the line-up on the night but we hope that there is something for everyone to enjoy in this special one-off concert that will be broadcast throughout Europe and beyond.”
Was Sandie Shaw right to be annoyed about being left out of Eurovision’s Greatest Hits? Or should she build a bridge and get over it?