Nil Points? The Eurovision Song Contest 2014

It’s May and the up and coming extravaganza that is the Eurovision song contest is fastly approaching. Previous years have seen the United Kingdom suffer at the hands of a controlling Europe in the very contest. A Europe that has neglected one of the big 5 and a heavy country who supports the European spectrum fruitfully when in need. Often treated badly and used as a measure of discontent through the political field of the song contest itself, are Europe actually casting away one of its biggest achievements and success stories to the strength of the contest?

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We are all fully aware the contest is anything but based on musical talent. The UK does vote on its song entries alone. The national parade to protect neighbouring borders is actually damaging trade, economic or stable relations with other countries.

In the case of the United Kingdom, many countries have often politically tried to damage the UK reputation through Eurovision. The now laughable contest is something that has lost all respect by everyone in it and has no actual basis for developing healthy relations to other countries as intended. The UK are often on Nil Points or barely make it past 100 points to double figures. This political statement that Europe never tire of, is actually becoming quite tedious and predictable now. At least you could do it in a more cleverly planned construction to seem less rigged.

2013 winner for Denmark, Emillie de Forest.

2013 winner for Denmark, Emmelie de Forest.

Regardless of this, Europe have often forgotten that it is the UK who have helped support nations in need. Greece, Ireland and others have needed financial support at the highest of level to which the UK has been one of the strongest donators. With the two latter, the UK has given huge bailouts in the banking crisis of the EU monetary fund. Yet, there have never been any, let alone 8, 10 or 12 points returned. If Europe continues to forget this, it should remember, any of their countries can crash at any time. The UK will always be one of the first to help bail you out. Don’t forget or take this for granted, because this is one of many reasons forcing the UK to begin politically abandoning the EU.

With an EU referendum approaching the UK and a chance to leave Europe looking debatably positive in certain areas, Europe could lose one of its biggest contributors. Losing the UK’s financial backing despite upset towards the nation would not be healthy.

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We also donate tons of international aid, food, and support to ‘developing countries’ to tide them over. It is about time to forget neglecting your sources of income, support and propped up stability or else you will soon wallow in your debts. This isn’t being nasty, let us clarify. This is common sense and you have to work with wealthy nations to support you even if you dislike them. The job of a politician is to diplomatically interact with other nations and show signs of grace, good nature or gratitude to keep two disagreeing areas of the world in tact. No. We do not endorse the UK Conservatives often classed as the “Nasty Party” for further clarification. Though the contest is political in voting, we are not their political support system.

Let us not forget the UK has won the contest a number of times. With five wins, just like Sweden, in different decades, it would be a very supportive sign of gratitude to re-establish voting communications. You cannot simply erase history of the contest even if you desire it so. The UK is also one of the big 4 now 5 as high contributors to the EBU with France, Germany, Spain and the 2011 return of Italy.

Yes, the UK have, on occasion put in a couple of horrible entries and deserved low points. We accept that. But doing so constantly is not beneficial. Plus most of the countries that have won were just as bad sometimes, along with high scorers that could not be understood through shrieking and the like.

1997 UK winners, Katrina and the Waves.

1997 UK winners, Katrina and the Waves.

Don’t judge us on David Cameron and his nasty values. The UK itself is a supportive nation with aid, finance, donations and with asylum and immigration.

This year needs to show a turn around in the way Europe ‘play’s ball’ with its processes.

The UK has been deserving enough of a win, possibly even two. Maybe Europe can show their charismatic and caring nature for the ‘love of Eurovision’ ideology and gracefully reward so. With strong enough entries to gain a conceivable win, Europe can follow suit and look less abusive.

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Maybe a 2016 or 2017 win would be a measure to stop the ill feeling and bring nations further together. Or 2018 if we, hopefully, and I believe most likely, to remain in the EU. Signs of good faith can only help support this and in the run up to the show voting, the numbers and significance should increase to show positive change.

Over the years, the UK has helped support many in a number of ways. France, Germany, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Estonia, Ukraine, Hungary, Malta, Turkey, Poland, Denmark, Czech Republic, Bosnia, Macedonia, Ireland, San Marino, Greece, Switzerland, Croatia, Cyprus, Romania, Bulgaria and even Russia. That’s a big bag of votes already. And don’t be giving us the pathetic and measly 1, 2 or 3 votes, either. We’re talking in the 4s up to 7s at least.

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The most points the UK has given as its top 5 is to Ireland with a record 240. Second is Sweden, third Germany, fourth Switzerland and fifth Denmark. So a contribution returned over consistent years from all is also welcomed.

Cyprus, Poland, Georgia, Israel, Latvia, Monaco and Portugal have also benefited from points or tourist support. We have been strong supporters of a lot of countries on paper, so the votes reflecting good communications would re-establish that faith. We would appreciate such kind gestures.

Austria, Belgium and France have given the most as have Ireland and Switzerland, but lately those numbers have decreased in value so please re-distribute higher up the scale, if you don’t mind.

Lithuania’s Donny Montell was also another favourite we liked highly.

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Turkey was one of the countries who left due reasons which included the big four/five. It is upsetting that this happened, as we in Britain have strong connections with Turkey, residents, tourism in both countries and always give high points to them. If they do return it would be a good way to re-establish communication. As for the big five, they have earned their place regardless of the voting and we cannot be upset with them for this. This also stabilises connections with all of Europe, even those not involved in the five.

Despite the conflict from Russia and Ukraine, points from both would be respected. From Russia’s perspective, we have praised Putin and the Federation quite some time ago over its handling of World Affairs including Edward Snowden with a positive and honest stance of reporting. We would welcome your support at Eurovision. Thank You.

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Borgen star, Nikolaj Koppel (centre) will help the hosting festivities in Copenhagen. A good choice.

Let’s not allow political interference to completely mar the show or the contest. Let’s remember to try and have fun for everyone, as much as possible and recognise the connection it brings for Europe as first established upon its beginning. We don’t have to fully like every countries policies or ways of living, but at least we can show a bond of unity at the contest and gracefully smile and nod and accept everyone for their participation in a charismatic way. If this fails, then no-one will ever get ‘their way’ at Eurovision, which is also not what the contest was about. It is impossible to win numerous times with a level of countries involved being so immense. Only one can win.

We cannot fully change the political involvement of voting, but we can put aside ideals and contain communications on a stable level which is what the Eurovision Contest has become in the understanding of other countries. Keeping relations smooth, there is high chance it will turn around a country or countries opinion on a world wide level as well. That can only ever be a good win to take away from Eurovision itself.

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