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Taking Eurovision Seriously

The Eurovision song contest has entered Serbian politics. The BBC reported that Serbia's victory was used by one moderate representative to explain why the nationalist leader, Tomislav Nikolic, should be removed from his post as speaker of the Serbian parliament. According to the BBC:
opposition MP Nenad Canak said Mr Nikolic's nationalist and anti-European stand no longer had a place - especially as Serbia had just won the Eurovision song contest.

Mr Canak said Serbia's neighbours had all awarded his country maximum points in the contest. But Russia, described by Mr Nikolic as Serbia's only friend, had only awarded his country five points.

While I am on the subject of Eurovision, let me pass on thanks to the Albanian voters who gave Ireland 5 points and thus saved the country from the infamy of 'Nul Points' - even though it was a lousy song and would have fully deserved it. Albania's own entry came 17th in the semi-final with 49 points.

Comments

Anonymous said…
Geopolitical voting ruins the contest. I don't understand, what is this mentality that if you don't vote for your neighbour they will kill you and war will start. Ireland should be proud of those 5 points because they were deserved points. When people voted the song they couldn't anticipate that others wouldn't vote it.
Anonymous said…
the Serbian song is a copy of the Albanian song from TOp fest last year

http://albavideo.blogspot.com/2007/03/soni-malaj-video-ndarja.html

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