“Why is Eurovision considered so frivolous in Britain, Christer Bjorkman replied: “There are several reasons, one is Terry Wogan himself.”
Those are the reports in the Daily Mail (See Here) The article in last night’s paper claims that SVT’s Executive Producer singled out the late Sir Terry Wogan as one of the reasons why the contest has credibility issues in parts of Europe.
Wogan known for his comments over the years – Bjorkman said
“He raised a generation of viewers believing this was a fun kitsch show that had no relevance whatsoever. It totally spoiled Eurovision. Because of what Terry Wogan did, the UK don’t put in their best efforts.”
These words drew the attention and response of 1981 Eurovision winner Cheryl Baker who declared Bjorkman’s comments as “disresepectful”.
Baker went on to say “Now he’s dead to disrespect him like that is awful. Terry was the face of Eurovision, to the point where other countries watched him because he was so funny, so topical, so witty and so right.”
One cannot deny that Sir Terry Wogan was/is the commentator that is most associated with the contest over its past. One cannot argue that when Sir Terry Wogan was at the height of his humorous commentary he could draw in some 20 million viewers to the BBC where last year those figures were 6.6 million.
The debate on Bjorkman’s comments has also drawn in criticism from Eurovision and Blue singer Duncan James and TV presenter Chris Tarrant.
So do you agree with the comments from Christer Bjorkman? Did Sir Terry Wogan’s comments damage the credibility of the contest? Were Wogan’s comments the reason why you tuned into the contest in the first place?
Let us know your thoughts.
Source : The Daily Mail