The news of the day is that Morrissey could represent the UK in the 2007 Eurovision Song Contest. I couldn't believe my ears when I heard this being announced on the BBC this afternoon.
This is big news for various reasons:
It's Morrissey! That's enough in itself. For those who know the former Smiths singer beyond what they hear on the radio, no explanation is necessary. For those who don't know Morrissey, no explanation is possible. If you really want to understand, try reading a biography of Sandie Shaw or watch the video for You Have Killed Me below. The BBC is, and has always been, behind the Eurovision selection for the UK. Their interest in the song contest has never been on the scale we know in Malta, but for one reason or another the UK has won the Eurovision Song Contest several times. Most recently, the UK has not been performing too well at the Eurovision. When I say performing, I mean that in the broadest sense. The songs were pretty lame (wow!) and the hype around them was even lamer. It seems that Lordi's 2006 win (still considered a one-off event by many Eurovision "experts") is being taken quite seriously by some Eurovision organizers. It seems to me that this does not apply for the Maltese entry. I mean, have you heard the 2007 Malta Song for Europe finalists? Morrissey is a heavy weight artist who can bring attention back to the UK entry, even if some other country comes up with a better scheme for attracting votes.
There are other reasons. I'm sure you, my gentile readers, can see why this announcement is big news...even if Morrissey doesn't makes it to Finland in May. So let's have them as comments on this post. Just click this link and away you go. Let the circus begin!