COVENTRY: Do the public want out of Europe and Eurovision too?

There was recent hysteria on social media as die-hard Eurovision fans pressured David Cameron for the answer to a very pressing question. If Britain leaves the EU, will we also be leaving the annual Eurovision Song Contest?

Much to their relief, the answer was no. David Cameron stated that our place in Eurovision is “pretty safe” irrespective of EU vote and that more than half of Eurovision entrants are not in the EU anyway – such as Australia. The PM also put worries to bed stating that: “I think that would not only be very sad but I think given that Israel and Azerbaijan and anyone anywhere near Europe seems to be able to – [even] Australia – I think we’re pretty safe from that one.”

Added to this, when Eurovision began in 1957 , the UK was a valid entrant 16 years before we even joined the European Union. So it’s safe to say that fans can breathe a sigh of relief that the odds are, we will be part of the Eurovision Song Contest for many years to come.

In regard to the Brexit, polling has been close with the nation’s opinion divided. However, a new poll under YouGov has found that an overwhelming 20-point margin of Brits want out of the Eurovision Song Contest altogether.

It is no secret that over the recent years, Britain has not been doing very well in regards to votes within the competition. Historically, Britain has only actually won the competition 5 times, our first win in 1967 with Sandie Shaws’ Puppet on a String. In 54 years, over 1,200 songs have competed in the Eurovision Song Contest with the most successful candidates being Abba, winning in 1974. 

The British public could be said to have lost hope for winning the contest. Mike Ward of Daily Star recently quoted in his article, “Could we finally put an end to 19 years of Eurovision misery and actually take top spot, a feat we haven’t achieved since Katrina And Those Waves Of Hers won for us in 1997?”. Social media opinions are divided over the subject.

So why does Britain want out? Perhaps because Brits believe that votes are mostly political and not a true reflection of talent – also with the loss of Terry Wogan, some argue that it will never be the same.

image courtesy of YouGov

Image courtesy of yougov.com

 

Despite all of this, it cannot be argued that wether or not the public are a fan – and wether of not we are victorious, it can be said that The Eurovision Song Contest is the coming-together of countries across the world, even if it is just for one night.

So how will we do this year? Here is our entry for 2016, will it be another disappointment for Britain or will we defy the odds and reclaim public support for the historic contest? Only time can tell.

Jess Sage

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