As I mentioned last night, I’m going to write my Newsflash BEDM today, since I have far more time (and a little more inclination). I’ll be honest and say that I’m not really one to watch or read the news. I’m not oblivious to what goes on in the world, largely due to my Facebook and Twitter feed – but I don’t go out of my way to find out what’s going on. Mostly… the news is depressing.
However yesterday my partner mentioned something he’d seen about Eurovision. I joked I would do my newsflash BEDM about it, but when I came to google the news last night, it was actually one of the things that came up. I don’t want to touch on anything serious or depressing, so I only looked at Entertainment news anyway!
On Saturday night, I watched Eurovision. A group of friends and I are always saying we should have a Eurovision party and every year we forget. In fact I didn’t even know it was Eurovision day until that morning when someone mentioned it. Instead of getting together in person though, we ended up online together, discussing each song as it was on and rating out of five each. Its a lot of fun and I’d almost say its becoming a tradition! Now don’t get me wrong, we all watch it very tongue in cheek. The Eurovision is cheesy, but that’s exactly what we love about it. Also it baffles me how anyone thinks the UK ever stands a chance, when the whole show is far more about political voting, than it is about singing. That said, even if it was a singing competition, this year we definitely wouldn’t have won anyway…. poor Bonnie.
So when I spotted this following article, I have to admit I was a little bemused. (Article here)
Eurovision: Azerbaijan probes Russian ‘nul points’
Basically the general jist of the article is Russia awarded Azerbaijan the maximum 12 points where as Azerbaijan didn’t award any to Russia. The president himself is having an inquest as to why this was, especially given that so many people generally and on the Eurovision board, seemed very pro Russia’s entry.
From the way it reads, it basically confirms everything people believe about the competition being political instead of talent. The Azerbaijan present is worried that Russia will read something into their lack of points and perhaps be offended… or worse?
“We sincerely hope that this incident, possibly initiated by certain interest groups, will not cast a shadow over the brotherly relations of the Russian and Azerbaijani peoples,” he said, without elaborating.
Did Azerbaijan fall foul to technology and the text votes it claims its people made, not actually count? (we’ve heard that excuse in the UK many times before). Was it some sort of ploy from an interest group, to make sure Russia didn’t get any points? Or did the Azerbaijan people genuinely just not like the Russian entry?
In our rankings, Azerbaijan came joint second – along with Malta. Russia came third. Our top score was Greece. Do these countries get votes because of singing, or to keep the peace?
Till next year’s Eurovision… (when we will be having a party!!)