We don't require 'big names' per se, what we need are solid, competent real musicians with proven track records who can be relied upon to sing on key on the night. (unlike some *cough* jemini *cough*). They don't necessarily have to be hugely famous.
Just no more z-list reality show refugees/gossip column fluffies please. I look at the Finnish NF and they have the creme de la creme of their national music scene competing. We have some random bimbo from X factor or something. Is it really such a surprise we do so badly?
Andy Abraham, being at least an established if not terribly famous artist (yes I know he was from some reality show originally too.) is a step in the right direction. However the song just isn't good enough. With all the musicians in the UK I can't believe no one would be interested.
The ESC in the uk has an image problem. We need to stop pushing it as a kitsch camp 'so bad it's good' thing and start taking it seriously like the rest of Europe. Change the image and more credible people will want to compete. (It doesn't help that Terry Wogan thinks it's a huge joke and makes no secret of the fact that he thinks it's cr**, witty as his commentary usually is.)
I am just a tad ESC obsessed just now. Only 20 something days to go!!!!
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