Philip Hunter /
06.04.2012 09:13 AM
Originally featured on
Eurovision triumphs over controversy

The Eurovision Song Contest, showcase of the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), remained as popular as ever in 2012 amid controversy over its staging in Azerbaijan, and ongoing contempt from some quarters that regard the event as a longstanding embarrassment for the continent.

But, its success in continuing to attract global audiences over 100 million is rooted in its light heartedness and the fact that it does not take itself too seriously, even if perhaps the EBU does. This year, a fair dollop of glamour was added by the overwhelming winner, Swedish star Loreen, who bested a challenge including dancing Russian pensioners. Sweden’s delight was compounded by neighboring Norway finishing bottom, continuing its lamentable record in the event, while the UK, represented by veteran crooner Engelbert Humperdinck, managed only one place better.

The decision to allow Azerbaijan to host the event attracted vigorous opposition from both within and outside the country on account of its poor human rights record. The EBU had argued that the country was more likely to improve its human rights by being included in the event, and time will tell whether that view was justified. The country’s government had intended the event to promote Azerbaijan as a desirable destination for both tourism and business, but in the event opposition groups were successful in exploiting the Eurovision limelight to advance their demands for democracy, and for the existing government to resign.

Post New Comment
If you are already a member, or would like to receive email alerts as new comments are
made, please login or register.

Enter the code shown above:

(Note: If you cannot read the numbers in the above
image, reload the page to generate a new one.)

No Comments Found

Thursday 11:07 AM
The Best Deconstruction of a 4K Shoot You'll Ever Read
With higher resolutions and larger HD screens, wide shots using very wide lenses can be a problem because they allow viewers to see that infinity doesn’t quite resolve into perfect sharpness.

Featured Articles
Exhibitions & Events
Discover TV Technology