In the endless cycle of “they hate us” reporting, the Mail on Sunday claims that UK labels are refusing to send artists to the BBC for Eurovision because of anti-British bias.
“Record label BMG, which spent £25,000 to fund Newman’s entry, is understood to be among those now refusing to repeat the exercise for next year’s contest,” the tabloid says.
“Other major UK record label bosses believe European countries are prejudiced against British artists and say they ‘would not go near’ next year’s Eurovision after the way the voting panned out this year.”
“The boycott could leave the BBC having to discover future acts and fund their entry themselves.”
The annual refrain — that the UK does poorly at Eurovision because of Europeans’ apparent dislike for the UK — has left plenty of Eurovision fans with their eyes rolling right out of their head and perhaps onto the paper.
It, like so many others in the UK press, suggests poor results are a reflection of Brexit or factors outside of the UK’s actual songs and/or performances, which, frankly, are frequently lacklustre.
Australian Eurovision fan Matt captures the feelings of many.
The “everyone hates us” delusion is wearing thin and nothing will change until they accept the fact that what they’re sending just isn’t good enough.
Anyone with an ounce of objectivity saw the rehearsal footage for Embers and knew it was doomed. https://t.co/07cSmDdtrM
— Matt (@Matt_in_London) September 5, 2021
That performance of “Embers” received zero points from both televoters and the professional juries. It simply didn’t light enough fires to climb the scoreboard.
The tabloid’s headline suggested that even Paul McCartney would fail to win Eurovision (which is probably true given that he reached his musical peak and relevance several decades ago).
The headline read: “Even Macca couldn’t win Eurovision for Britain! Music bosses tell BBC they won’t humiliate their stars in the competition in a backlash against ‘anti-British bias’.”
Swedish Eurovision commentator Edward af Sillén is so over it. He points out that plenty of people love the United Kingdom and its music — just not the performances that it sends to Eurovision.
— Edward af Sillén (@EdwardafSillen) September 5, 2021
Are you as bored by the incessant refrain “they hate us!” as we are? Do you think Paul McCartney could win Eurovision? What was your favourite UK selection method over the past decade? Let us know down below.