Lucie Jones won the ‘Eurovision: You Decide” show in the United Kingdom on Friday, but afterwards there was some debate about the jury panel in London. They were very positive on everything, and that made them somewhat surreal. “The jury was overboosting the songs when perhaps we needed a critical aim,” says our reporter Brandon McCann.
Brandon followed the show in London en explains: “Especially in a national final like this and you have a jury that seems to be biased, you are not getting a fair kind of competition. But thankfully in the end results they delivered. The results were covered up, as the BBC wants to focus more on the winning song. It is a little bit distrusting, not transparent, and that is a bit worrying for me.”
Emmelie de Forest
As Brandon says in our latest episode of the podcast Scout Around, in the end there was the best possible winner. Lucie Jones will go to Kiev with a song by Eurovision-winner Emmelie de Forest. “That is really cool and it is quite shocking to see that in the United Kingdom. That the producers are up for a foreign songwriter. This shows that the UK is trying to take it serious this year and hopefully we will see that in the end result.”
The thing that remains, once again, is the fact that the BBC is looking for a new strategy every year. “Maybe they are just trying to find their own pathway. But in the meantime they need to listen more to the fans and dare to take risks. It could be going in a stronger pace, when it comes to their vision.”