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Bucks Fizzle: can the UK ever win Eurovision again?


About this ThinkIn

Now with 41 countries taking part and 220m viewers worldwide, it’s become a camp Euro-pop microcosm of the complex geo-politics of Europe, with added pyrotechnics and backing dancers. What started in part as a TV project to test international broadcast technology has become a week-long juggernaut of nation branding, music diplomacy, bloc voting and questionable key changes. Despite attempts to take it seriously with credible artists and songwriters, the UK can’t get a break. Will Brexit and vaccine squabbles translate into another year of nul points? What kind of soft-power politicking goes on in the different blocs, and is the voting system fair? Which countries are the main contenders this year, and how can you spot a winner? If it didn’t already exist we’d never invent it today, so what role, if any, does Eurovision play on the world cultural stage?

We’ll also take a look at some of the entries in this year’s competition, explore how Eurovision relates to current music trends (or not), and take a moment to celebrate (or be baffled by) its enduring appeal. Fancy dress and nationalist snacks optional.

editor and invited experts

Liz Moseley
Members’ Editor

Ana Matronic
Broadcaster, Songstress, Mistress of Ceremonies and Eurovision fan