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‘Could be worse…we could be part of EU!’ Britons mock Eurovision’s ‘political garbage’

Eurovision: James Newman reacts to getting zero points

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At Eurovision 2021 the UK entry by James Newman scored dismal null points after he showcased his song Embers. Reacting to the result one Express reader commented and said: “It could have been worse. We could still have been part of the EU.”

Another said: “Why do we subject ourselves to this political garbage?”

One Express reader suggested a “political” dimension to voting trends at Eurovision.

The reader commented: “Eurovision has always been more about politics than music, we all knew he would get nul point.”

Another reader wrote: “It’s a European popularity contest and Europe hates the UK.

“What do people expect, its been a joke for years.

“Our ridiculous BBC is funding this competition.

“It’s time to leave the Eurovision joke and let Europe fund it.”

It is not known how much exactly the BBC pay to broadcast Eurovision but one figure for the 2012 competition totalled £310,000, as reported in the adamsmith.org blog.

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The total cost to host the contest adds up to €6.2 million (£5.3 million), with each country paying a different amount.

The BBC pays the European Broadcasting Union, which hosts the competition, for broadcasting rights.

This year’s event took place at the Ahoy Arena in Rotterdam and the UK’s song was met with a mix of boos and cheers.

Many Britons took to Twitter after the disappointing result from the UK at the song contest.

One Twitter user said: “We weren’t the best country but we definitely didn’t deserve zero points at Eurovision.”

Another Twitter user added: “James Newman deserved so much better than zero points!”

Another tweeted: “This is brutal, the public votes right now on Eurovision.”

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