Having co-hosted BBC Three’s semi-finals coverage in 2007, 2009 and 2010, Sarah Cawood has hit out at the BBC’s treatment of the Eurovision Song Contest.
In a column for Attitude magazine, with this month’s issue out now, she says that this year’s contest would be “monumentally anticlimactic” and claimed the broadcaster doesn’t want to host the competition again. She also complained that the UK was being “represented by a band they don’t know singing a song they didn’t choose”. Electro Velvet and their entry “Still in Love with You” was chosen through the BBC’s song submission process, which took place late last year.
“You only have to glance across your social media platforms on Eurovision night to see that the UK LOVES THIS S**T and the event itself remains one of the highest rated shows the BBC has each year. I have never understood the arrogance of the Beeb which results in UK public having little or no say in who represents our fine country at Eurovision. Even when we have been given the choice of artist, we still haven’t been given a choice of song. The BBC seem obsessed with either sending faded superstars (Bonnie Tyler and Engelbert Humperdinck) or PWL wannabes woefully out of touch with the times (Josh Dubovie singing a Pete Waterman B side and Scooch).”
Sarah goes on to say that only Blue in 2011 was her real UK contender in recent years, saying they’re a great band with a great song and had a European fan base.
She also says the BBC should look to Sweden, with all 5 winners selected from Melodifestivalen, and supported an X Factor style national selection show to help the British public get behind the song and artist.
Cawood has also dismissed complaints of political voting in the competition, and explained similar cultures and tastes being the real reason between neighbouring countries.
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