Tuesday, August 26, 2008
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) is not amused by the threats from some Estonian politicians to boycott the next Eurovision in Moscow in 2009.
The obvious reason is the Georgian conflict and the EBU might be afraid that some other countries choose to use this popular event in Russia as a sign of contestation against the aggression to Georgia.
Svante Stockselius, an executive of the EBU, declared that the Eurovision song contest is a non-political event and politicians have no right to decide whether or not they will boycott it. “These issues should not be linked. We are organizing a non-political event and if the hosting country is able to ensure the safety of participants, there is no reason why it should not be allowed to host the finals”; he said.
I personnally do not understand why it is such a problem as every year they need to make long selections to decide which country has the best of the worst songs. I am pretty sure one of the several members from the former Soviet Union will be happy to participate (why not China?). After all, if Estonia does not want to participate in this so called “song” event, it is up to the country.
Furthermore, even if Svante Stockselius claims that the Eurovision is not political, to me it is only a big game of geopolitics where songs only have a purpose of entertaining and making people sleepy before the extremely exciting voting session. Why does it have to take such a lonnnnnng time? And why do we have to see all these stupid people from all over Europe -and soon Asia- to give their votes. They always say the same interesting speech: how good was the show and how nice the presentators are, who cares????
Anyway, last year Russia won simply because of all its former satellites who, by the way should not be there. Are we talking about a European song contest? So why are Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaijan and some other far away countries participating? Or just rename the show to Eurasian song contest.
My point was that this event is only a big geopolitical game: Russia receiving votes from the its former Republics (which is the reason why they are always well ranked), when other neighboring countries vote for each other.
As an example here are the results of 2008 votes:
- for Russia: Estonia (25% of Russians) gave 12 points, Latvia (27% of Russians) gave 10 points, Lithuania (10% of Russians) 12 points, Azerbaijan gave 12 points, Armenia gave 8 points, Georgia gave 10 points
- then we had Denmark voting for Iceland, Norway and Sweden, as a thank you Iceland voted for Denmark and Norway, also Sweden wanted to say thanks and voted for Iceland, Norway, Denmark and Finland, then Norway for Iceland, Denmark and Sweden; wowo I am getting lost...
- Then you have smaller friendships like Finland and Estonia, or Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, Spain and Portugal…
I could dig even deeper and I would probably find funnier things.
To me this Eurovision “Joke” contest has always been (since I have been following it) a bunch of people trying to get famous with very commercial and stupid songs which do not even deserve to be broadcasted.
So if Estonia was looking for an excuse to leave the Eurovision, the idea of a boycott is perfect. Georgia will probably follow. Who is next?
PS: in the Russian song, does someone know why the Russian world champion ice skater was dancing around? I hope he got a lot of money for that since he was ridiculous!