Saturday, May 24, 2008

Eurovision 2008: Execute Sir Terry Wogan

Well, the old burbling fool had a hand in selecting the pathetic '70s-style karaoke UK entry. Now he's calling for a Western Eurovision Song Contest judging by his comments tonight - even hinting he may not commentate on another Eurovision. Make way, Sir Tel, make way. Ironically, Russia won with a plausible homage (but minus falsetto) to that well known East European ... Justin "hard beats" Timberlake (just as Greece did well by ripping off that notorious Balkan lovely ... Britney Spears). Judge for yourselves ...

Justin ...


And Britney ...

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you stupid? Terry Wogan is the best thing on eurovision. The eastern europians only vote for the countries they boarder, at least andy was a bit different and not in a stupid pathetic way alike some other contestants. I think that the UK should withdraw completly and give up funding this rubbish - else all the contestants should compete under no nationality and then be reveled after the votes have been cast.

Either way Terry Wogan should stay if he can stand it.

Stella Polari said...

Belated Bday, MA. We both enjoyed Abigail`s party today. Lovely spread !

Eurovision 2008 was very boring this year. I really do think, MA, that you would make a much better commentator on Eurovision that Sir Terry.

Top up?

Blogger said...

Do you know what Madame Arcati, even if Elton John himself sat on that stage last night and had played candle in the wind as if he'd revealed it for the first time to the world....

We'd have still lost.

So you don't like our underdog Dustbin man who gave it his best shot then count yourself among good eastern bloc company.

But face facts and face up to it... Sir Tel is right on this. And perhaps he always was eh?

Madame Arcati said...
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Madame Arcati said...

Dear Stella - thank you for the thought re Eurovision. Certainly my kind of commentating would require a watershed.

Stuck in the 70s said...

As anonymous said, Terry is now the only thing that makes Eurovision worth watching for us sore-losing British viewers. I don't disagree that the Western European entries aren't all they could be, but it seems we're so hated now that we're never going to do anything but come last. While our song this year may not have been winning material, it was better than France and Spain's efforts - and far less "tired".

I for one will be sad when Tel's retirement from this event does happen. I've got my fingers crossed for Paddy O'Connell succeeding him - long may the scorn pouring continue on this now most pointless of "music" contests!

Madame Arcati said...

Eurovision needs to be taken out of the hands of anyone directly connected to TV and put in the capables of those actively engaged in the making of now music. The thing about Wogan is not just age, it's about his whole sensibility - he has simply been left behind as Eurovision has got more sophisticated, more professional - even allowing for the lunacies. The East Euros/Russians make us look half-hearted.

Jonathan King said...

I thought it was a brilliant Eurovision and delicious Dima who should have beaten Lordi 2 years ago deserved to win though no songs entered were real hits this year.

Political voting? Bollocks. When we entered a REAL hit in 1997 (my era in control) we won by the biggest margin ever.

Wogan never understood the MUSIC side of it and still doesn't. A hit song by a great performer (and Dima is a special star) will win if entered.

Latvian said...

Obviously, Terry Wogan has never checked any statistical information about the European countries. Neither has he had some elementary knowledge level of the Europe’s history and political situation.

If he would have done some little homework before making such foolish statements about “political winner”, he would discover that Russians are amongst the biggest minorities in many of the European countries.

THE ONES WHO VOTES FOR THE RUSSIA ARE RUSSIANS LIVING IN THESE COUNTRIES!

Latvians, Lithuanians, Estonians, Armenians and Ukrainians didn’t usually vote for Russia for any reason except, if the song is really good. Dima Bilan for sure wasn’t worth a vote. So, please, don’t say it was a political voting! It was national voting made by the Russian diasporas of the European countries!

Madame Arcati said...

Russia's Dima Bilan is a biggish star in Russia and Timbalake produced his winning song Believe. OK? Did you know it was played for weeks prior to the contest all over the Baltics? - the peoples there had plenty of time to familiarise themselves with a quite good entry. Russia's whole approach - and that of its satellite nations - and that of the Balkans - to the contest was one of complete commitment and professionalism. They wanted to win.

Meanwhile, the UK public (ie middle-aged know-nothings with faint memories of a Bucks Fizz gig they attended god-knows-when) vote for a golden oldie that was never golden, just oldie. France sends a bearded twat from art college. Ireland drops at the first hurdle with a glove puppet, Spain puts up a surrealist set-piece ... do you see where I am going here? The tired Western Euros are not bothering; they're bored. While the rest of the Euros (& Israel) are energised, engaged with the current music scene (for the purposes of mimicry and evolution), the Brits and other clapped-out members of the warbling ancien regime fart about in the past when not looking to the circus for inspiration.

Wogan sums up our tired cynical selves: Mr Radio 2 lightly pitter-pattering like piss from a faulty incontinent pad all over the contest. He never moaned in the past when Ireland and Malta gave its top marks to the UK. Now he whinges because a) he's not on the winning team and b) this year he helped choose our shit entry. That's proof of what I say about him.

Time for a change. Next year, forget about democracy. The TV voting public have rubbish music tastes. Select a major British star-in-the-making (David Jordan would be a good bet) to perform and select a song by a major writer. I am certain that if we had come up with a winning entry that sounds like it belonged to 2008 we would have done a lot better than we did.

Wogan sounds like he belongs to 1978. Let him drown in his lightly whiskied mineral water - the source of his "wit".