WILL Eurovision be feeling Blue tonight? Or will musical taste be cast aside in favour of political voting?
That is the question many will be asking for the 56th annual Eurovision Song Contest.
With full-on amounts of glitter, camp costumes and cheesy crooning, the final of the Eurovision Song Contest is back and will be broadcast live from Dusseldorf in Germany.
Kenny Sanger, managing director at The Bunker music studios in Stockton Road, Sunderland, said: “I was quite pleased that Blue were chosen as the British entry.
“They have that cheesy pop style that suits Eurovision.
“I don’t know about their chances though, as voting is quite political.
“It’s a lottery but, like the World Cup, sometimes the best team don’t always end up winning.
“Although I don’t think Eurovision is representative of British music, or has much impact on the music industry, I would like to see us win.
“I can’t say I’ll be glued to my TV, but I will check the results to see how Blue do.”
TV expert Mike Ward says Brits take the contest more seriously than we like to admit.
“In the past decade, because we have done so badly, we prefer to emphasise the fact that it doesn’t really matter and we’re not trying very hard – but if we won, we would love it.”
As one of the Big Five alongside Germany, France, Spain and Italy (their first participation since 1997), the UK is automatically guaranteed a spot in the final with our entry, the reformed boy group Blue consisting of Duncan James, Simon Webbe, Lee Ryan and Antony Costa.
“We have a tradition with the contest since it began, and our track record has been brilliant,” added Mike.
“But in the past 14 years, since it changed its structure and been opened up to more countries, our results have been embarrassingly poor.
The last time the UK won was in 1997 with Katrina And The Waves.
And who can forget 2003, when Jemini finished last and scored ‘nul points’?
With the reformed Blue on our side, perhaps our luck will change for 2011.
“The song I Can is not great, but the group has a good following in Europe,” said Mike.
“I may be going out on a limb here, but I think we will do better than before in a long time.”
He added: “I love the old-fashioned spirit of the whole competition.
“The idea that for one night, acts from all over Europe are on a level playing field, so smaller countries like Azerbaijan and Bosnia and Herzegovina have the chance to win over Germany and Italy.
“Also, the pride some of the countries have in their act and getting involved is rather heart-warming.
“From a viewers’ point of view, the cheesiness of Eurovision and Graham Norton’s commentary, which pokes fun at the other countries without being xenophobic, makes it a must-watch.”
Coverage of the Eurovision Song Contest starts at 8pm tonight on BBC1.