Respect Without Success

The BBC cannot afford to win the Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. But they cannot go much longer without a decent result. The dilemma that 2011 poses the broadcaster with, is a gamble. Send a respectable artist and risk success – send an unknown and risk flop and embarrassment. Don’t expect Gary Barlow – but don’t expect Wagner either.

In order to find the funds to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010, Norway’s national broadcaster NRK was forced to sell it’s broadcasting rights for the World Cup. The publicly funded network scaled back the budget of the costly contest, but only in relation to Russia’s exuberant affair in 2009. Norway itself is certainly not one of Europe’s economically challenged nations, but still required big support from sponsors, in the form of Scandinavia’s mobile network Telenor and airline Norwegian Air – yet the contest was still projected to make a loss.

The cost of Eurovision is now too great for many

A task set up to fail: the cost of Eurovision has become too much

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Stock Check

If you are writing a song for the Eurovision there is one way to really distance yourself from the fans of the contest and last week that’s exactly what Mike Stock did. The reaction to the United Kingdom’s entry, written by himself and Pete Waterman, was far from supportive and with odds to win currently standing at 199/1 – they really do have a task in front of them if they don’t want to return the UK to the bottom half of the leader-board come May 29th.

Stock and Waterman miss the mark for Oslo

Stock and Waterman have once again tainted the Eurovision brand

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