“The Uk/BBC treat Eurovision like a joke” were the claims made by one of Britain’s current most successful bands today. Adam Anderson of the band “Hurts” was speaking to Gigwise today after the announcement that Bonnie Tyler would be flying the flag for the UK at Eurovision 2013.
“Hurts” who are one of the one of the UK’s best musical exports over the past few years across Europe, expressed their frustration at the route that the BBC take on selecting their Eurovision Act and the public perception to the contest. Adam said the “euro-pop competition should be taken more seriously in the UK and feels that Tyler’s announcement ‘sums up’ the country’s feelings towards the show .”
When looking at how other countries treat Eurovision ha says “It’s admirable that in Europe they do take it seriously and I don’t understand why it’s become a bit of a joke here because it’s a competition for songs and that’s exciting.Where else do you get that? It’s like the Olympics for songs and it should be treated like that, but it’s not in this country and that [Bonnie Tyler] appointment today sort of sums that up really, but it’s better than Blue isn’t it?”
Adam also admitted that the band had been very close to composing an entry for Russia but in the end Channel 1 went with a different approach to their entry. However this has not deterred the Manchester Duo from making it to Eurovision. They confessed that they would like to enter a song for the contest but when asked if they would for the UK he replied “”probably not. It depends on who the artist would be and it’s unlikely that the artist would be right.”
It is not the first time that “Hurts” have been associated with Eurovision speculation. However when you have a band of such critical and commercial success you could understand why some fan forums were perplexed by the BBC announcement that Bonnie Tyler was the choice of the BBC. “Hurt”s first album “Happiness” released in 2010 enjoyed success across Europe – Austria #2, Denmark #7, Finland #3, Germany #2, Greece #1, Ireland #9. Switzerland #2 and the UK#4. It has been some time that an act of such current success and profile showed interest in representing the UK at Eurovision. One has to ask why this is the case? “Hurts” release their second album “Exile” today.
80’s singing icon Bonnie Tyler was confirmed as the UK’s entrant to the Eurovision for 2013 today with the song “Believe in Me”
If the UK Public had the choice of selecting Bonnie Tyler or Hurts for their Eurovision Act – who would you chose?
Author/Website founder and Editor in Chief – Garrett Mulhall
Source – Gigwise.com and Eurovision Ireland
Photograph courtesy of last.fm
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