It's great to see them giving it to an up and coming act to give them some exposure and make their nam . . . . oh. Hang on a minute.
I dont think any up and comer would want it. The only ones who would would be X Faxtor/Britains got Talent rejects. Apart from announcing a return/reunion tour or selling a few greatest hits albums to keep the royalty cheques topped up there are no serious reasons for putting yourself through it.
Eurovision is what it is. The UK gets in every year because the BBC pay over £250,000 of our TV licence money (though that money isn't solely for Eurovision. Its part of a international Broadcasters Union I think) and that wont change any time soon. Its a tradition. Plus it is a ratings winner for the Beeb.
The UK treats it as a joke and I think the majority of Europe are starting to cotton on to the fact that we do. Ireland are starting to as well.
I honestly think if we ever took it 100% seriously then people will just turn off
So here's to Political block voting, dodgy inappropriate acts, stunningly hot women, wooden presenters, BBC presenters trying not to be xenophobic in fear of the PC brigade and 3 hours of boring montages
Oh and I say this every year but a massive part of Eurovision died when Wogan decided he didn't want to down 5 bottles of baileys and be slightly xenophobic and call everyone an ejit anymore