How to Fix the Eurovision Song Contest :-p

Last night I had this brilliant idea how to "fix" the Eurovision song contest. I only saw the last 20min or so of it, so you are spared my opinion on the actual songs. ;-) But well, the known problem is that certain countries favour each other -- due to a similar culture and musical taste, for political reasons, or due to immigrants -- those reasons are legal and you can't forbid viewers to vote for their neighbours; but it takes out a bit of the excitement if you know who will vote for who in advance. So here's my clever idea:

Every country sends a composition, singers, musicians, a choreographer, a tailor, what ever is needed. THEN they take each song and assign artists and performers to it randomly! :-D

So for example the Azerbaijani composition will be choreographed by an Icelander and sung by a Croat with Swiss dancers. etc. See? But of course they don't tell us who did what, and you cannot always tell the nationality from the looks or accent. I assume here that each song requires a team of the same size, so each country is represented evenly in different functions.

The voting for the songs proceeds as usual and one song wins. Now it is revealed who contributed to what. From that we calculate which country (!) has won, based on how many top songs it has contributed to.

For example countries A,B, and C contributed to the winning song (worth 25 points), and countries D, E, and B to the second (24), and A, F, and G to the third place (23), etc. So country A gets 25+23 points and country B 25+24, and C gets 25, and D gets 24, etc etc. (Or whatever values you want to assign, you might as well go back to the 12-10-8-7...1 system.)

So in the end you have a winning song and a winning country. The song stands on its own and wins for its quality and not for its geographical location. And the country wins because the artists they sent were the best team players.

Of course they won't implement that, because the performing teams are only assembled temporarily for the contest, and you cannot milk them for further money like when selling a band's CDs or sending them on tour... And this variant would also take more time and patience because the randomly assigned teams still have to practice together. But the concept would be fun to try, don't you think? It even adds a degree of excitement: Who makes the best of being thrown into a randomly assigned team? Leave a comment if I missed something obvious, I came up with this idea in a tired state and that doesn't bode well for its logic. ;-)

PS: I followed the voting part on a Swiss TV station, and there was a fun moment when the Czech lady announced her country's votes. She skipped a line or something and corrected herself, so she said something like "and ten points go to... uh sorry..." And the Swiss commentator burst out "Ten points for Züri!!! Oh, wait, she said 'sorry', never mind" -- Züri (Zürich) is a city in Switzerland.. ;-D

Comments:

Keeping in mind that I make a serious point of \*not\* following Eurovision, I can only support your suggestions as they make for a vast improvement on what I hear and read about said song contest.

I would suggest, however, that because few of the winning acts in the last 35 years actually went on to any kind of commercial success, the chances of such an aggregation of talent achieving success are certainly no worse than in the past.

Posted by Bishop Joey on May 25, 2008 at 12:37 PM CEST #

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