For the first time in a no of years I deliberatley missed Saturday's Eurovision. Why? Because I was convinced that many other countries that were involved would have better entries than ours. Gone indeed are the 1970s when we could be a bit smug and feel superior when we looked at some of the other contributions (which in itself, may not be a bad thing perhaps)
But this year I found I was really not too keen on the band making their entry. The song wasn't original, neither was the band, and their whole act, to paraphrase a comment one newspaper columnist made some months back, was as camp as a row of tents.
Now Eurovision needs a bit of camp, a bit of kitsch, and there have been some brilliant acts over the years which exemplify that, such as ABBA. In fact I would have been very happy if the
Scissor Sisters were the UK's entry this year. They would have been far more original and less cheesy.
But Scooch were a bit of an overkill and I am still surprised that they won against entries like, say, Justin Hawkins, who has a bit more clout about him. It's one of the few times where I think the British public got it wrong and the critics got it right.
Eurovision is a great musical concept, but in order to reach new fans and widen it's appeal, it needs to branch out and grow and develop with the times