By Ewan Gibson
On Saturday night, the yearly Eurovision Song Contest took place in front of 3500 fans in the Netherlands.
The event saw Italy take home the 1st place crown home with the song “Zitti E Buoni”. However, the main talking point from the night was the UK’s entry.
The nation had Brit award winner, James Newman representing with the song “Embers”. The song failed to register a single vote all night, meaning a last-place finish for the UK.
The UK is no stranger to the bottom of the Eurovision leaderboard coming in bottom in 2019 with Michael Rice’s Bigger Than Us.
After this year’s event concluded many Brits flocked to Twitter to give their opinion.
“The UK at the bottom with zero points, fast becoming an iconic Eurovision tradition,” joked one Twitter user.
Controversial journalist and tv personality, Piers Morgan tweeted:
“The UK didn’t get ‘nul points’ in the Eurovision Song Contest because of some sinister revenge for Brexit. We got ‘nul points’ because we had a crap song, performed by a crap singer who gave a crap performance. End.”
This opted people to come out and back Newman.
“@JamesNewmanUk has been a fantastic rep for us. Zero points beyond harsh, hope you aren’t down about it,” wrote someone.
“So unfair on James Newman, there were definitely worse songs this year,” written by someone else.
The UK always had the odds stacked against them but why did the nation score ‘nul points’?
The UK’s departure from the EU might have soured some countries but to take it out at a song contest is laughable.
Fraser Nelson, the editor of the Spectator, removed the suggestion of revenge from Brexit.
“The UK was simply outsung and outclassed by smaller countries who made more effort,” he wrote, arguing that Britain stopped trying some time ago. “The BBC chooses our entry and doesn’t bother with a contest, or the live television voter-drawn trials. So every year, Britain sends some unprepared soul to perish on the world stage.”
Nelson said the UK would never reach the final on merit: “The BBC pays so much money to Eurovision that the UK entry goes straight to the final.” The same was true of Germany and Spain, he said, the other two nations at the bottom of the table on Saturday.
Singer, Newman took the defeat like a champ laughing it off and still enjoying the rest of his night.
The question that now arises is will we see the UK exit Eurovision if they can not compete how they use to?