He’s one of the world’s best-selling artists and his shelf is lined with Grammy Awards, including for Song of the Year in 2016 for “Thinking Out Loud”. And it’s now confirmed that Ed Sheeran is a huge Eurovision.

Speaking to Dutch broadcaster Humberto Tan on Friday, the “Shape of You” hitmaker said: “Eurovision is my favourite thing to watch every year. I love it.”

So would he ever think about competing himself?

“I get pissed when I watch it every year and I text my manager being like, ‘I’m gonna do this one day’ and he was just like, Not on my watch.'”

“I think if I’m gonna do it, it would have to be…England has to be loved by Europe again and I don’t know if that’s gonna happen.”

Ed Sheeran would do Eurovision if the UK “is loved by Europe again”

Yes, Ed Sheeran has made his contribution to the irritating and patently false notion that the UK’s failures at Eurovision reflect a European dislike of the United Kingdom. This, of course, flies in the face of the fact that British artists — from Dua Lipa to Little Mix to Ed himself — have made a packet topping the charts across, um, Europe.

Humberto rightly challenges him on this point, saying, “We do love England. But we love Ed Sheeran more.”

Ed then dives deeper into the “they hate us” theory”: “Mate, every year England comes last. Every year. Without fail.”

This is, of course, not true either. First of all, England doesn’t compete — the UK does. And second, in the past 20 editions of Eurovision, the UK has finished last five times. It also notched up a third place (2002) and fifth place (2009) finish along the way.

Ed Sheeran loved Måneskin, Jendrik and Daði Freyr

But anyway: who were his favourites?

“Mate, Germany’s entry I loved this year,” he said. “I don’t feel hate, I just feel sorry. Hit. Smash.”

He struggled to remember the Dutch entry, saying, “Oh yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah,” before moving on to the winners Måneskin and Iceland’s Daði.

“I think Italy had the best song and performance of the night, but I loved Iceland as well. I think the Italians were — it was very, very good.”

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Ted
Ted
2 months ago

As a Welshman, this annoys me so much to read that Ed thinks that England compete in Eurovision.
But reading between the lines, the United Kingdom is no longer united.

Eurofan
Eurofan
2 months ago

As a true music fan, I can only pray that him and the likes of the Scottish shouter ( Lewis ), do not consider doing Eurovision. Along with what is the meaning of life, there is another question which I cannot get my head round……how on earth are these people so successful. There’s buskers near where I live who are genuinely better singers and musicians. People like ES and LC were once so common back in the day. They are so lucky that they are releasing music now, because they would be swamped with good music. What I am trying… Read more »

Efraim
Efraim
2 months ago

From where I stand, I think the problem isn’t Europe loving or hating England or the UK, the problem is BBC’s apparent inability to get out of the comfort zone. For the past few years they have sent in perfectly decent, but wholly generic and unmemorable, entries to a contest that tends to reward memorability, outside-the-box thinking and overall standing out from the crowd. The UK’s Eurovision delegation needs to get the memo soon if they want to have the slightest chance of turning their fortunes around.

Last edited 2 months ago by Efraim
Elizabeth
Elizabeth
2 months ago

I think the England/UK mix up is telling for why the UK fails. They never represent more traditional sounds of the british isles in favor of very generic sounds. Even when they have sent singers from outside of England, they didnt give them songs with a regional sound. The UK refuses to take that kind of risk but like, give us bagpipes or traditional welsh song structures (eg “deck the halls”), let people sing in their actual accents. Just something that stands out. But the UK has this whole thing there there are two kinds of british person: english and… Read more »

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
2 months ago

Next we’ll be sending a masked singer to Eurovision, to hide from the oncoming shame of zero points. I am, of course, available. 🙂

Anita
Anita
2 months ago

Does he need new Fans, or why is he teasing somthing he won’t ever do?

AM2PM
AM2PM
2 months ago

Success doesn’t equate to intelligence.

Nico
Nico
2 months ago

Ed definitely over exagerated the situation. I mean, yes the Jury point distribution is always a politically motivated thing (to some degree at least) but with the public votes a good song will usually make it through and even win. And its true we’ve come last 5 times in the last 20 years but this year is only our second nil points in the history of Eurovision, Germany has had 4. And the reason in recent years that our songs havn’t been great, because lets face it thats the reason, is simply due to the BBC using a record label… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Nico
Anhel
Anhel
2 months ago

When he decides to compete, I suggest the song title “Sore losers”.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
2 months ago

When t.A.T.u. slayed the charts in 2002 with All the things she said, they were chosen to represent Russia in ESC 2003 and ranked third after one of the closest votations ever.

If fresh international fame worked for t.A.T.u., why wouldn’t it work for Ed Sheeran? He wins, he has a single at least as successful as the ones from his album ÷. He loses, whoever defeats him is remember as “the artist who defeated Ed Sheeran” and becomes big.

TJCat
TJCat
2 months ago

yes and tATu were absolutely awful. even if you liked their song they were more out of tune than Gemni

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  TJCat

Oh no, that’s not true … only ping pong and josh dubovie’s backings ever beat jemini when it comes to singing out of tune.

Iván el Conquistador
Iván el Conquistador
2 months ago

UK has given the world the likes of The Beatles or Alfred Hitchcock, and that’s a small part of the tip of the iceberg. What makes Sheeran believe the world doesn’t like the UK?

Btzbtz
Btzbtz
2 months ago

I think he should send a song if he likes the contest. He doesnt need to be the singer and that way he can take the credit if it goes well or blame the singer (which usually happens anyways) if it flops. Bit brutal for the singer but i dont see any other way to get big names involved at this point…

Ern
Ern
2 months ago

Stop the nonsense Ed!

Nobody at Eurovision cares about Brexit.

Richardinho
Richardinho
2 months ago

Bit disappointing to discover that Ed Sheeran is a bit of a knob.

Zoe
Zoe
2 months ago
Reply to  Richardinho

How is he a knob? The views he expressed are the same as almost every person I know from the South-East of the UK has. We just assume that UK do badly in Eurovision since Brexit because Europe hate us for that and for asking for special treatment from the EU etc. It was quite noticeable that ever since the Brexit vote, we started doing even worse than usual. We find it quite funny to be honest, half of us (and more than that in London) were against Brexit anyway so we understand if that is the reason “Europe hates… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Zoe
Alex
Alex
2 months ago

thanks William for correcting Sheeran. How i wish you were involved in the Eurovision team for BBC.

Eva
Eva
2 months ago

Well can Ed Sheeran proudly say that Uk has better songs than rest? They are basic. They should send a good song instead of eurovision song.
Also staging lacks a bit. 2017 was a step up.
At least they are un the final. Latvia hasn’t qualified since 2016. Should we also say that we don’t qualify just because everyone hates us? 😀 no

L’oiseau
L’oiseau
2 months ago

Good that William took a stance on the irritating notion that England is not loved…

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago

Some in the comments trying to make it only England.

Holland allowed 15,000 danish fans to watch Denmark vs Wales, but no Welsh fans, despite Wales as part of UK having offered 1st dose of vaccine to every adult now. The Welsh team also had to endure a match against Italy in Rome and a match against Turkey in Baku. Meaning everywhere they went the crowd was against them.

Also despite her best attempts, no European leader has thrown their arms around Nicola Sturgeon and Scotland. Far too important to protect Spain (Catelonia) instead.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Wales was also given 2nd to last and last place in Junior Eurovision. While Kazakhstan not even in Western Asia now but Central Asia continues to dominate the Top 5

Sot
Sot
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Ummm excuse me but I think I saw some Welsh fans there…

Duh
Duh
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Danish fans were allowed to enter the Netherlands if they stay in the country for less than 12 hours as part of an exemption to the entry rules for EU and Schengen area residents.

The exception does not apply to Wales fans since they’re from the UK that isn’t part of EU anymore because of brexit.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Duh

If you think beating Wales with the Brexit stick will give support to want to return to the EU you are wrong.

Also using Covid to support a political cause is shameful.

Last edited 2 months ago by Shuma
Duh
Duh
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

I’m only stating facts here, there are rules within the members of the EU and since United Kingdom isn’t part of it anymore different rules apply to them.

I haven’t even said a word that UK should rejoin EU, there’s no stick to beat you with since you’re the one beating yourself here by taking a simple fact and forcing a statement that the EU members are once again being against you. Pity party.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago
Reply to  Duh

Yes!! I love the Brits who voted for Brexit still want to have the same rights as the EU citizens—keep all the good, drop all the pesky stuff. That’s not how things work. One of the biggest gripes is many didn’t want Europeans to move freely into your country (completely valid) so now you can’t make a stink you can’t move freely within the EU.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Wales beat themselves with the Brexit stick.

Aeria
Aeria
2 months ago

I can imagine well-known British artists shying away from ESC because of the UK’s bad track record, but you’ve seen Jade Ewen reach the top 5 in 2009, right? The problem with the UK in Eurovision is that their songs never manage to leave a lasting impression, which is key to getting lots of support from juries and televote alike. Currently both the UK’s songs are quite basic, and with staging they haven’t really done a lot of spectacular things either. The closest thing to that was Lucie Jones in 2017, but even then, the song was still very basic.… Read more »

Charles
Charles
2 months ago

When we ask a world music pop star capable of selling millions of records and hitting #1 spot on the UK or US charts … about Eurovision. When one is seeking desperately for validation from the outside world of music, it sounds, at times, just pathetic. The fact that the UK comes bottom last or always on the left side of the scoreboard makes no difference to a country who will always mock as much as it has always mocked the contest, because the UK has always downplayed Europe for decades … It is what it is … so let’s… Read more »

Yellow
Yellow
2 months ago

I’ve never understood why british people don’t see themselves as europeans, is this self-hatred just a way to get an excuse for bad results rather than admitting that none of the entries were hits even for them?

As for Ed Sheeran, he does sell quite well around Europe, so I don’t understand why he thinks british people are being hated. It’s the previous songs that have been meh, nothing to do with them as people.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Yellow

Britain doesn’t see itself as European for the same reason that Canada doesn’t see itself as American, Israel doesn’t see itself as African, and Greece, Ukraine etc don’t see themselves as asian.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Britain is not its own continent.

Nathan
Nathan
2 months ago
Reply to  Yellow

I wouldn’t say we don’t see ourselves as European. I certainly think of myself as European and it’s unfortunate that people generalise British people in this way, but I think you’re right about not admitting how piss-poor the quality of most of our songs are

Yellow
Yellow
2 months ago
Reply to  Nathan

I wouldn’t say any of the songs were bad qualitywise, most of those songs are well made but just lacked that something that makes it special. Staging is somethimg that UK seems to make memorable always, but lyrics are sometimes just bland and boring and in some cases the production leaves the songs generic.

We’re going to a party that has the tastiests treats and sometimes it feels like instead of a cake, we get a plate of porridge; it’s good and nice within a certain context, but for a party we need something tastier.

TJCat
TJCat
2 months ago
Reply to  Yellow

As someone from the UK I mostly disagree, I have always felt equally British and European. Lets not forget 48% of the UK voted very much against Brexit. (not that being European means the same as being in the EU) Not defending Brexit but the EU has made things very difficult and expressed a lot of negativity towards the UK over Brexit, and the UK media have portrayed this endlessly, so for that reason you can understand why the British feel disliked by Europe Regarding Eurovision, believe me, most of us in the UK appreciate our bad results are due… Read more »

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  TJCat

The EU were not the ones making things difficult. Michel Barnier deserves a medal for patience.

Yellow
Yellow
2 months ago
Reply to  TJCat

This conversation might go a bit sidetrack with politics, but it’s quite usual that the loudest people get their voices heard so that might explain the negativity that I’ve seen from some people regarding on how they feel about being part of Europe or not, Brexit was a long process and that might have brought up some more negativity as other Europeans not liking British people, but I doubt that was a reason for anyone not voting James. The biggest change UK can make in Eurovision results is in the hands of BBC and with better results there might come… Read more »

Boozyfloozy99
Boozyfloozy99
2 months ago

Wouldn’t want him to do it he’s BORING and his songs would put most in a coma and surprise surprise his views are ignorant! I’m hoping the BBC withdraw fed up of being constantly embarrassed.

Charles
Charles
2 months ago
Reply to  Boozyfloozy99

How comes someone so boring is capable of selling so many records and hitting #1 singles?
Or do you mean “I don’t like him and I wish everybody else dislikes him as much as I do”?

Eyal
Eyal
2 months ago
Reply to  Charles

She’s allowed to think he’s boring and to not want him in ESC. And I agree, his views are ignorant, starting with calling the country “England”.

Apollo
Apollo
2 months ago

Scotland and Wales need to respectively start representing themselves at Eurovision, just like they do in sporting events. England has such a nasty attitude towards anything ‘European’, and it reflects at Eurovision. Whereas, Scotland and Wales would have a clean slate to start from. This would also mean countries in the Celtic Isles would have their own voting bloc, which they have never had before – putting them at an advantage just like the Balkan and Eastern countries.

Joshua
Joshua
2 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

Scotland and Wales are not countries. They are constituent parts of the UK. Just like Bavaria or Catalunya in DE and ES. They have their own football team because they have their own separate league, separate to England.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

Wales tried in JESC and was rewarded with 2nd to last and last place.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

I’m Welsh and I’ve felt that both entry’s have been unfairly ignored by the voters, quite disheartening. But Wales has done better so far at Eurovision choir!

I’m also very disappointed that Wales voted leave (by a slim minority), but I can’t only wonder what the data would be now if the vote was held today (counting for the new generation)

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

You know Wales voted for Brexit more than the UK on average right? UK was 52-48 to Brexit, Wales specifically was 53-47

Nathan
Nathan
2 months ago
Reply to  Apollo

Well, thank you for generalising all of us and assuming we have a “nasty attitude towards anything ‘European'” (even though we ARE European), but actually you shouldn’t believe everything you hear on the news… We have a more positive attitude towards Europe than you might think 🙂

Anyway, don’t generalise people.

Grft
Grft
2 months ago

Oh shut *p. He better focus on that lazy *ss comeback song he just released and which is flopping hard at the moment.

Ashton
Ashton
2 months ago
Reply to  Grft

spill

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Grft

OH PLEASE! The song was just released on Friday, two days ago. Hasn’t even charted yet because it¨s to early. It will chart this week. So how is it flopping?

Charles
Charles
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Whenever one disses Ed Sheeran the mesage is just one:
“i hate him and everyone who like him are a buch of twats”.
This is how you translate evey anti-Ed Sheeran comment stated here …

Last edited 2 months ago by Charles
Grft
Grft
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Despite doing a lot of promo, he is behind Tyler the creator and Doja Cat on Spotify :/ oopsie

David
David
2 months ago

Tell me you are british without telling me you are british

CyxCy
CyxCy
2 months ago

The worst part is that they just have to open their eyes (and their ears). Good artists, there are some in their music festivals, their concert halls, there isn’t a village in the UK that doesn’t have singers or music bands. Let the people in charge of the selection ask their teens which singers they follow on social networks and online video sites, and they will have a pre-list of names as long as an arm. Go look for your talents at the source instead of waiting for a good contestant to fall to you by chance from the sky.… Read more »

Stan
Stan
2 months ago

His new song sounds like a rip off from Vasil’s You… I think he won’t get the UK out of the last place….

Railey
Railey
2 months ago

This type of comments are why Scotland wants to be intepended, it’s United Kingdom that participates, not just England.

To me this is once again empty words coming from a famous singer that says he is a fan, but only watches the Grand final and that’s it. At least Zara Larsson knew it’s Sweden that participates, not for example Södermanland.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Railey

Sodermanland doesn’t make up 85% of Sweden though does it.

Graph
Graph
2 months ago

Europe doesn’t have to love the UK. The UK just has to make a song that Europe loves.

Last edited 2 months ago by Graph
Jake
Jake
2 months ago

Only Brits can say Europe doesn’t love them when James song doesn’t get played in UK and didn’t chart and Maneskin does. Hey UK—-the UK also doesn’t love your entries!! It’s not just Europe. Also—stop pretending you’re not part of Europe. And stop pretending you’re the only country in Eurovision who is not part of the EU. Stick to facts and not hyperbole.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

UK isn’t part of Europe, don’t know if you’ve seen a map lately, but there’s a great big body of water between us.

Jake
Jake
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

I’m not sure you understand how geography works. Must be the great British education system at work. So basically anything not attached to a giant land mass is not part of the continent?? Must be news to Malta, Cyprus, Ireland, Iceland that they are not European.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Jake

Malta isn’t part of Italy, Cyprus isn’t part of Greece.

Ffs
Ffs
2 months ago

I’m English and I can’t stand him

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago

Also a lot of Europe this year is jealous of Britain’s vaccine success, explains why even our lovely Australia didn’t feel the love for UK this year living on their floating prison no one can leave or enter

Poppa
Poppa
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Loooooool. Wow.

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

not true, we’re jealous of your PM’s hairstyle

Duh
Duh
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

I didn’t vote for UK because I was jealous of all the recipes for beans on toast you have :/

blahh
blahh
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

dude uk’s covid condition’s so bad do you seriously think people would be jealous-

Last edited 2 months ago by blahh
Apollo
Apollo
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

The UK is the laughing stock of Europe – next.

Eyal
Eyal
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Have you got a degree from Trump University or what?!

Leif Christensen
Leif Christensen
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Lord, you’re tiresome.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago

It’s not Brexit, its jealousy.
Europe spends 364 days a year listening to British music, so Eurovision is the 1 night a week they can pretend their scene is better.

Poppa
Poppa
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Get a life? Have you downloaded James song?

Vale
Vale
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

What a Self-entitlement! That’s the problem with English people and I don’t say British (but specifically some little English ones). Sort out the problems in your divided nation, instead of singing One Britain, one nation. Britain music scene is just advantaged by the use of English (spoken in US and worldwide) but in many European countries there are rich and great music scenes. Europe is not jealous of Britain’s vaccine flop. It was a result of greediness. A Boris Jonson’s show off. Astrazeneca vaccine has been suspended for under 40s even in the UK. the UK has the highest number… Read more »

Last edited 2 months ago by Vale
Ina
Ina
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Keep on having this mentality and you’ll escape the 26th place in approximately… well, never.

Jo.
Jo.
2 months ago
Reply to  Ina

they may escape next year, cuz the grand final will have 25 countries ^^

Last edited 2 months ago by Jo.
Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Last is still last though no matter the amount of countries.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Nah, they’ll somehow finish 26th again

Ina
Ina
2 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

25th! That would be the UK’s best placing in years dddddd

Mr X
Mr X
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

: There were indeed some entries in british style but under another flags, namely Iceland and Lithuania….

Apollo
Apollo
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

These people are the reason Scotland wants independence and Ireland is on the brink of uniting. Snobbiness and entitlement will be the downfall of the UK.

Maya G
Maya G
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

So every year, hundreds of thousands of people all over Europe fall in love the UK entry and intend to vote for it via telephone/text/app, but then they remember they’re actually very jealous of the British music industry, and this is why they vote for another song rather than the unforgettable hit the BBC sent. Did I get it right?

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Maya G

If the Olympics were decided by a public vote, the guy in the wheelchair would easily beat Usain Bolt.

As humans we love to see the underdog triumph, so a doctor from Malta who sings in his part time not even as a full time job beating international superstars like Bonnie Tyler isn’t really a surprise.

Baby
Baby
2 months ago

Why is all brits so convinced that europe doesnt vote for them because of brexit? For example my country spain doesnt do well at eurovision and its not because people hate us we just havent been sending good songs lately
although i will say la venda deserved a better position

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Baby

It’s nothing to do with Brexit, Europe hates the UK long before 2016

Poppa
Poppa
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Since when? You have won the contest many times

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Poppa

Just let him be whiny. In his current mood, he apparently doesn’t care about facts anyway.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Poppa

Since Iraq / 2003, yes people are not still hating on us for that, it’s evolved since, but that was the start.

Nils
Nils
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Yes, go tell the ‘Top Gear’ guys, Benedict Cumberbatch, basically half of the world’s pop stars, and the execs at the BBC responsible for selling their tv series’ all across the continent. Apparently they haven’t got the memo and need to hear from your wisdom.

Just like the rest of Europe.

NickC
NickC
2 months ago

I honestly wish some “common sense” to all British people. They seem to have lost a bit of their minds since the Brexit vote. Matt Hancock kissing his aide is the latest case-in-point, together with this senseless bull#it from Ed Sheeran.

hhhhurricane
hhhhurricane
2 months ago

BBC propaganda working overtime, they even got Ed Sheeran

Last edited 2 months ago by hhhhurricane
Maya G
Maya G
2 months ago

Ed Sheeran has nothing to gain from doing Eurovision, so I believe he’ll never do it regardless. Maybe when he’s a has-been, which won’t be any time soon. Seems like too many Brits are convinced by this baseless excuse “We do badly because everyone hates us since Brexit”, it was pushed forward by the likes of Lorraine Kelly and it became a self-fulfilling prophecy, since it deters credible writers from throwing their hats in the ring and keeps the UK in this vicious cycle. Russia and Israel are two countries that are definitely less liked than the UK, and both… Read more »

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Maya G

Europe does hate us, but it’s nothing to do with Brexit

Erik
Erik
2 months ago

I’m just saying, maybe Graham Norton should have less to say about Eurovision for BBC because he seems to think it’s just a joke. He contributes to the mindset that makes them not take this seriously. What they really need is skipping the gimmick and stepping up with selection and the team behind.

Kim
Kim
2 months ago
Reply to  Erik

He continues the Terry Wogan tradition of ridiculing Eurovision.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago

Ok,

1. Jendrik is adorable
2. The fact that even Ed Sheeran now believes that bullcrap is the reason why the whole UK will know about that in a few days and defend that opinion in an even greater extent. If Ed Sheeran goes to Eurovision representing the UK that’s a top5 spot right there (provided that they come with a decent song)

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Sot

“If Ed Sheeran goes to Eurovision representing the UK that’s a top5 spot right there (provided that they come with a decent song)”

Hahaha, just summed it up right there, if he ever did go, he’d come dead last along with the rest and the Eurofans would just wheel out the excuse oh the song wasn’t that good, oh the staging wasn’t quite right. Now how about One Direction?

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

1D has already been disbanded.

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  James

So had Blue

James
James
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Blue never officially disbanded before 2011 as far as I know as they opted more on a taking a hiatus before resuming things around 2010-2012. They even had the ITV show The Big Reunion as a platform to continue touring.

Poppa
Poppa
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Which songs that UK has sent in the last 10 years should have finished higher?

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Poppa

Andrew Lloyd Webber, Blue, Bonnie Tyler, Molly, Lucie Jones.

Sot
Sot
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Ed Sheeran has talent.
2021: James was off-tune all the time
2019: Michael was new to the industry and everything seemed sketchy
2018: Surie was dull
2017: Ok, Lucie was good ngl
2016: Sketchy boy duet
2015: Ok I actually liked those two but they looked cocky

I think those examples are enough

Erik
Erik
2 months ago
Reply to  Sot

It would be a strange way to launch a single. Maybe it will not win and that will destroy the success it will make no matter what. It’s understandable. But he cannot say it’s because of how the UK positions in the competition. People WOULD vote on him. He should be an interval act if he likes esc so much

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago

I’m going to defend Ed Sheeran a bit here. While Eurovision isn’t political, a lot of British musicians are, and the names that people point out as possible ESC representatives, Ed Sheeran, Dua Lipa etc tend to oppose the current conservative government in the UK. They might feel that representing the UK whilst it’s being led by Boris Johnson is an endorsement of the government. Obviously this isn’t supposed to be the case, but when politicians complain about Eurovision this is the inevitable result. Also Sheeran really doesn’t need Eurovision. The BBC needs to get domestically established artists who are… Read more »

Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

The UK started it’s string of bad placings under Labour. (2003 onwards) it’s not got better or worse since the Conservatives came in 2010

Azaad
Azaad
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

The thing is, Eurovision in the 2000s was just a joke generally to Western countries so at that point the political angle was as big of a deal when compared to the general reputation of the contest in the UK.

ESC became more serious in the 2010s, pretty much right when the Conservatives came into power.

Badwoolfgirl
Badwoolfgirl
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

The UK started to go downhill at the turn of the millennium, probably when the language rule was abolished and every country had the option to sing in English, but really their spate of songs have been really bad. When the UK got their first nul point result in 2003, they blamed the Iraq war for it, even though it was really badly performed. Brexit is just the latest political scapegoat that is used to whine about their bad results and not actually do something to rectify the problem.

Cameron
Cameron
2 months ago

This is the problem with sending English people to Eurovision. They forget that they are representing the entirety of the U.K. NOT JUST ENGLAND! That is why we need to set up a Welsh, Scottish and Northern Irish entry.

That’s why I have a problem with ‘Europe need to show England love’.

Stefan
Stefan
2 months ago
Reply to  Cameron

Tbh I think that even if they don’t get to participate separately, sending a song in a national language (Welsh, Scots, etc.) would benefit the UK. I mean, even if the song isn’t the best, people (and eurofans especially) would appreciate them for choosing something different and risky. And hey, they’ve already come last with no points, so they could only do better 🙂

Dawid
Dawid
2 months ago

He’s huge Eurovision? You mean huge Eurovision fan?

Milan
Milan
2 months ago

How about they give some love first?

No.
No.
2 months ago

When will British people stop with this delusions about not winning because of Brexit and alleged hate towards UK? The ONLY reason why they don’t get votes is that they send crappy songs.

Tom
Tom
2 months ago
Reply to  No.

THANK YOU.

Mr X
Mr X
2 months ago
Reply to  No.

For UK it´s not enough to send average entries (like this year) or something even worse (like in 2019)

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blahh
blahh
2 months ago
Reply to  No.

embers is not a crappy song.
but the performance sucked.

Alex
Alex
2 months ago

ah god, here comes another British complaining about not being loved by Europe just like they were used to decades ago. They think they are the epicentre of everything and Europe should bow down to them. Ridiculous. Israel has been one of the most hated countries in the world, yet managed to score more points in Eurovision this year than the UK + they won in 2018. So, the UK can win and they can also do well IF they take it seriously and send a unique act that is memorable and not mediocre songs and acts that are forgettable.… Read more »

Elle
Elle
2 months ago

…. or because the UK sends generic/forgettable songs year by year. I call this “People hate UK because of Brexit” for bullsh*t. BBC ain’t trying at all. Almost 8m viewers in UK tuned in the Eurovision finale and its the BBC’s largest viewing share since 2014.

Last edited 2 months ago by Elle
Oy oy
Oy oy
2 months ago

Stop this «they hate us»-nonsense. UK does badly at Eurovision because they send bad songs to the contest.

Mr X
Mr X
2 months ago
Reply to  Oy oy

In Germany it already sounded similar… Years ago some “special fans” blamed all to Angela Merkel for well-deserved flops…
Very interesting to see them going astray from reality. Help !

Last edited 2 months ago by Mr X
Shuma
Shuma
2 months ago
Reply to  Mr X

2010 – 2012 Germany bails everyone out, 3x top 10 places and a win.
2013 Germany sends biggest star they have Cascada, with a style of song doing very well at the time….

Germany asks for it’s money back, = really low placing

Mr X
Mr X
2 months ago
Reply to  Shuma

Cascada was quite cheap and nothing for the stage at ESC…In the following years with the exception of 2018 all the songs was very forgettable and lost opportunities….

Last edited 2 months ago by Mr X
Ela
Ela
2 months ago

…. or because the UK sends generic/forgettable songs year by year. I call this “People hate UK because of Brexit” for bullsh*t. BBC ain’t trying at all.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago

That the manager of Ed Sheeran stops him from doing eurovision I can understand since he’s already dominating the music market without it. But Måneskin is now a global phenomenon reaching #3 in the spotify top 50 chart up to this day. Eurovision made their global break through happen and if I was the manager of a semi famous artist I would be the first to tell them to do it.

Last edited 2 months ago by Frisian esc
Alex
Alex
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I kinda get him because Ed Sheeran does not need to participate in a contest (in general, not just Eurovision) but especially with Eurovision when you know the perception of the public.

Rose
Rose
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I’d prefer an unknown or semi famous UK singer to go over Ed Sheeran honestly.

Yana
Yana
2 months ago

The songs of UK are not bad, let’s just say, they have nothing special when it comes to all the diversity that leads many countries to Eurovision, for example, ethnic ones. Does even England have its own ethnic sound? Scotland have, yes. But even if its the song like “Arcade” let say “tipical” but very beautiful, deep and personal, it can works too. Maybe if UK wants to take it more seriously at least make national selection, it could works!!
And by the way Embers was my favorite entry from Uk ever….

Erasmus
Erasmus
2 months ago
Reply to  Yana

it’s not about the selection process… it’s about the approach… internal selection can also work you just need a good artist…

national final clearly wasn’t working for them.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
2 months ago
Reply to  Yana

Let’s first find one really good song for the Uk before we do a national selection i’d say. That rhymes! 😀