After a disappointing result in Eurovision 2012 (congratulations again, Engelbert Humperdinck!) it seems as if the UK has become disillusioned with the contest.
And none more so than ITV presenter Phillip Schofield!
The twinkly-eyed TV personality took to his Twitter account to complain about the political nature of the Eurovision voting process.
One of his Twitter followers asked Phil if he thought the UK would fare better if the public were allowed to choose the song.
“Nope, it’s time to pull out.”
And, when someone else suggested that Robbie Williams could bring home the winning votes for us, The Cube presenter’s outlook on our Eurovision future remained utterly bleak.
“Not even Robbie could win it for us, it’s too political.”
Lord Sugar also popped up on Twitter to second Schofield’s opinion, although he did suggest that Simon Cowell could swing the win for us.
“Why do we enter the Eurovision we are a total joke. The queen should dong Cowell if he comes up with a good song and winner next year.”
Not you too, Sir Sugar!
Yes, it’s political. Yes, everybody votes for their neighbours. And no, nobody in Europe likes us very much – but whatever happened to the phrase “it’s not the winning but the taking part that counts”?
Eurovision began back in 1956 and, ever since then, the cheesy celebration of Euro Pop has been pretty much embedded into the British conscious.
And, for us, it’s not really about providing great talent – it’s about having the chance to make witty (or Britty?) critiques on everyone else.
Like Terry Wogan before him, Graham Norton provided the giggles with his on-the-money remarks about the acts and presenters before him.
Plus, looking at the sudden surge of #eurovision comments on Twitter, it seemed that everybody was enjoying the opportunity to unlesh their inner Simon Cowell.
Eurovision, for Britain, isn’t about providing the best singer in Europe; it’s about having the chance to make fun of all the OTHER singers in Europe. Just think of us as the bad kid in school that nobody else liked very much…
A little like Bender from The Breakfast Club maybe?
Either way, Eurovision is a Great British tradition that isn’t ready to die just yet. So, Phillip Schofield, you’re a lovely man but, on this occasion, you’re totally wrong.
Vive le Eurovision!