Just in case you didn’t follow my advice and tune in to the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 last week; I’d better tell you that the winner is a London singer, with a song written by an Icelandic-Swedish song writing trio (Stefan Örn, Sandra Bjurman and Iain Farguhanson), competing with her duet partner for Azerbaijan.
It’s not a particularly special song, but it’s got a catchy tune, the duo’s singing was fine and stage performance wasn’t bad. At least it’s a pop song, a friend of mine said.
Oh, and before you get me wrong about the above. Last year’s winning song was written by a US-Danish song writer duo (Julie Frost and John Gordon), and “Germany won”. Anyway, I’m happy for the two singers; and to me the fact that Jamal lives in London, isn’t as significant as some people make it out to be. It just shows a continued expression of globalisation. This doesn’t mean the Eurovision Song Contest has outlived its time; rather it is much more an event relevant of our time than completely irrelevant, as some people believe.