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What planet are you on, UK?

In previous years, review, United Kingdom on May 3, 2014 at 16:11

There’s quite a bit of positive buzz surrounding the British entry this year. Just the fact that it’s the first UK contestant in years the Beeb hasn’t dragged out of a retirement home might have something to do with it. People (read Eurovision fans) seem genuinely surprised by UK’s rather contemporary song and fresh performer. Knowing we’re talking about the same country that gave us The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Smiths, etc., etc., that’s just sad. But let’s not digress into the usual ramblings.

Our initial reaction back in March was somewhat approving too, like in a this isn’t half bad for the UK kind of way. Unfortunately it went downhill from there for jolly Molly. Every time we listen to it we like it a little less and we think of yet another reason for not liking it. There is something distinctly contrived about the whole package. To point a finger on exactly why is not the easiest task, though. British culture is so full of charades, understatements, snobbing upward and downward we’re not sure even the Brits themselves always pick up on it, let alone clueless foreigners like ourselves.

Like what happened to Molly’s last name that all of a sudden disappeared into thin air in the promotional material? Perhaps someone thought if she were to stand in front of some 100 million TV viewers across Europe demanding power to the people it might harm her credibility that someone might think she’s privileged. How clever. Better throw on some vintage hippie rags instead then and do the whole peace & love, down to earth theme. Congratulations on nailing the role as young Edina on Ab Fab. And forget the fact we’re laughing for all the wrong reasons.

In a country where private schools are being called public schools, with Molly herself having an educational background a far cry away from the common people, we suppose this number makes perfect sense. If unemployed young people in Southern Europe holding master degrees yet struggling to create a future for themselves, or Ukrainians fighting for their right to live in an independent country feel they are children of the same universe as a spoiled British brat remains to be seen.

The world wants to be deceived and no one gets the true meaning better than clever entertainers. After so many wrongs in ESC, the UK might finally get it right and bag a decent placing in the Grand Final. But it doesn’t make it less soulless, cynical and unappealing. And when there’s no heart in it, it’s pretty much worthless anyway.

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  1. So you don’t like it then? lol

    It’s a good thing that most people voting will have only heard “Children” that evening – at least they won’t have the chance to rip Molly to bits in the twenty minutes or so they have to vote! And I think this will do well with the juries too – so will you be visiting the UK in 2015 if/when we win? 🙂

    To be honest, it is more likely we will be in Armenia or Sweden but we have a chance and to be honest, as much of a chance as being in Norway 2015…

    • We wouldn’t mind spending a few days in the UK next year if this wins! We hated Teardrops and yet we’re off to Copenhagen in a couple of days. And to be honest if Sweden wins we probably won’t be going, it’s just too boring to spend another year in Scandinavia. We don’t see Norway as a potential winner either, we like the song though.

      We can’t wait for Molly to introduce herself in the Eurovision bubble tomorrow. Perhaps she will turn out to be an absolute sweetheart. We tend to change our minds on a few entries during the final week, so we’ll give her a fair chance…

  2. Vocally is far from being a disaster, on the contrary I found her likeble. The song in some moments is a classical ballads, then change in some kind of stadium’s anthem, pretending us to wave our fist in the sky. The outcome is quiet weird, and I wouldn’t rule out that the average voter will get it

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