Reactions to last place in the United Kingdom

Reactions to last place in the United Kingdom
Josh Dubovie. Photo: Giel Domen (EBU)
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After another disappointing result for the United Kingdom in this years Eurovision Song Contest, the British press reflected today on a third last place in the last eight years of competing in Europe's Favourite TV Show.

Prior to the competition, composers Pete Waterman and Mike Stock admitted that they thought it was highly unlikely that the United Kingdom could win the contest, however Josh Dubovie remained professional and upbeat throughout his time in Oslo and in almost every quarter won praise for his attitude and the way he conducted himself throughout his time in Norway.

We cannot argue with the voting

BBC Radio 2 commentator, Ken Bruce paid tribute to Josh by saying "Josh is a terrific guy, and a great performer, but you cannot argue with the voting. In years gone by you could have done, but not now as each country has 50% of it's votes decided by a professional jury, and Germany managed to win after many years of disappointing results."

The Daily Mail newspaper featured a large article which mainly focused on the fact that the United Kingdom had finished last twice in the last three years, and three times in the past eight years, and summarised by saying "The public and the experts of Europe were united, we were rubbish." The article was more critical about the song itself rather than singer Josh, citing that the song That Sounds Good To Me just wasn't good enough for the competition.

The Daily Express made an interesting comparison to the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest, saying that although Germany may have finished in last place in Europe's Favourite TV Show that year, West Germany did go on to win the Football World Cup that summer, and maybe after the United Kingdom's last place in this years contest, England could go on to score a victory in South Africa in the World Cup!.

Digital Spy highlighted the early viewing figures from the weekend indicated that BBC viewing figures were down on previous years, and it could have been one of the lowest and most disappointing sets of viewing figures in recent times, although the BBC has not confirmed this yet.

Last year in Moscow, Jade Ewen restored some pride for the United Kingdom by finishing in fifth place with the Andrew Lloyd Webber and Diane Warren composition It's My Time. After returning to last place in Oslo, there is a lot of speculation in the United Kingdom as to what the approach of broadcaster the BBC will be for 2011.

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  • Posted on 7 May 2011 at 14:35
    No didn't deserve it! Actually this was my favourite song in 2010. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 October 2010 at 21:19
    Daz Sampson, Scooch and Josh always ended up at the bottom of the pile. except for jade. look at her, she wasn't cheesey at all, she was classy and we came 5th. What we need is a rock entry. rock is becoming popular now with ESC Turkey did well this year and they did rock and so did Finland in 2006. It would be nice to see the UK send in something different rather than all this cheesey pop. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 August 2010 at 00:22
    I Am actually So embarassed to be Living in The united Kingdom, we never win anything :(. i am more welsh, spanish and italian than english anyway, My favroute act this year was cyprus because my fellow welsh man Jon Lilygreen played and he was amazing <3 <3 <3 really do have the welsh hott's for him :) He is lush xxx

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  • Posted on 2 July 2010 at 14:46
    Last year UK sent good song but very boring. I liked Jade, she is so talanted but I wanted sleep while here perfomance. What I think about UK this year? Before contest I was sure that it would win. It did not happen unfortunately. First place I would give to our Alyosha too. She was the best! Germany didn`t was the best. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 July 2010 at 08:29
    I would like to see the UK put some effort into their Eurovision entries, last year's was a lot better than this guy. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 June 2010 at 14:58
    Hello, Josh! Hello, UK!
    This year you are second in my top-10 (Alyosha is first). Your song is pleasant, positive, interesting. I can not trust that you have the last place of final. "That Sounds Good To Me" is one of my favourites this year.
    I have one little advice for Britishers. Don`t listen to people who think your song is bad! They envy you! Your song is one of the British Eurovision masterpieces every year. I gave to you 4 SMS. But it didn`t help you unfortunately.
    Good luck! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 June 2010 at 14:07
  • Posted on 21 June 2010 at 13:03
    I think they didn't deserve the last place.They was better then Ireland(boring song),Bosnia&Herzegovina,and much more.On my list Josh is in the top 15.Song is great,coreography too. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 11 June 2010 at 08:53
    Sad That Uk Was Last report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 June 2010 at 03:22
    But I really miss Kristina and Horehronie from Slovakia and Anna Bergendahl from Sweden. They had such a nice appearance and great voices. So what about Josh? He couldn't be deleted by the audience and had the same talent but I would have shot his background singers. That's what I said immediately after watching the UK show. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 June 2010 at 02:44
    By the way my lovely neighbour Stourgaard from Denmark I loved the Ukraine and Aljoscha. There is a part of the German audience that really love Rock and Rock ballads. We should have given more for other countries as well. I really didn't know what they lkiked at the Serbian song but they voted for it. We have to bear it. They should have changed it into Denmark. My family in Flensburg especially liked your song and looked for it! Kisses from Anja! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 10 June 2010 at 02:19
    The semi-finals hve the advantage that the audience already knows what is great in the contest. The Germans very often thought that we wouldn't have ANY chance to win because we are set for the ESC. Is it fair? No it isn't! But it is a fact for us. We never believed that we could have such a great song and singer that convinces the European audience in a few seconds. But we made it this year! It can work! The UK will do better next year with this experience. I am sure! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 June 2010 at 23:17
    song is perfect and josh is an amazing singer I can't understand this position

    Greetings from Spain!! Always with the UK report to the moderator
  • Posted on 9 June 2010 at 00:00
    and up until recently the juries and the UK public have had a very good record in picking the song. Look how mant times the UK have come 2nd over the years. It's only really gone the opposite way since Gemini scored nil points. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 8 June 2010 at 21:33
    I agree Cyndi's ballad would have done really well,
    I think that’s why they decided to not to let the pubic chose the song, after that.

    I also think its important that we don’t fall into the trap of ageism as I don’t think the writers of some of this years best songs like Apricot stones were any younger than Pete waterman And mike Stoke, they just wrote a better song , and had better musical arrangement and production values. report to the moderator