Friday, 30 May 2008

Commentary by Gary Gibson: Dima who?

I must admit that I've always had a soft spot for the Eurovision Song
Contest with all those exotic languages, shiny outfits, brokenhearted
losers and utterly ecstatic winners. Unfortunately, the ecstatic
winners always tend to fade back into the anonymity they've come from,
with the exception of ABBA and Celine Dion. Spain has gone for very
conservative offerings on the whole, although they took a risk with
Peret back in 1974 with his jolly rumba and the flamenco singer
Remedios Amaya in 1983, who didn't get a point. Winning or losing,
however, isn't really what it's about because Eurovision basically
makes being naff into an art form. (Full story in printed edition).