Notice: Undefined index: idsek in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/index.php on line 33 Notice: Undefined variable: pismo in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/index.php on line 59 Notice: Undefined variable: postrani in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/index.php on line 76 Notice: Undefined index: postrani in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/index.php on line 77 Notice: Undefined index: postrani in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/index.php on line 77 Notice: Undefined property: Novosti::$osPortal in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/lib/Novosti.class.php on line 977 Notice: Undefined property: Novosti::$osPortal in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/lib/Novosti.class.php on line 1005 Notice: Undefined variable: idesek in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/sadrzajmodula.php on line 7 Notice: Undefined variable: sirokiSablon in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/index.php on line 140 Eurovision song contest becomes ‘political and cultural irrelevance’
Notice: Undefined variable: katid in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/sajt/sabloni/uski.php on line 279 Notice: Undefined variable: dokid in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/sajt/sabloni/uski.php on line 280 Notice: Undefined variable: ide in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/sajt/sabloni/uski.php on line 281

Eurovision song contest becomes ‘political and cultural irrelevance’

13.01.2014. -


In a time of austerity, countries that have ditched the Eurovision think that the once a year “infomercial of poor taste pop” has turned into a “political and cultural irrelevance,” Srdja Trifkovic, foreign affairs editor of Chronicles Magazine, told RT.

RT: Your country, Serbia, is one of the countries turning down Eurovision participation this year, why is that? 

Srdja Trifkovic: Because the Eurovision Song Contest has become a political as well as a cultural irrelevance. Back in the 1990s, it suddenly became much more important in central and eastern Europe than it used to be, because many newly independent countries of the former Yugoslavia and the former USSR wanted to put their name on the panel so to speak and it was the period where Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Moldova, Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan and others jumped on the bandwagon. 

But for many, many years in musical terms, in artistic terms it has been a rather worthless contest and nowadays both politically and culturally its significance has declined. So in a period of austerity, in a period when modest resources have to be matched against almost unlimited requirements, I believe that this decision was made by so many countries because they have concluded that the Eurovision Song Contest simply doesn’t matter. 

RT: But some say that wining and subsequently hosting Eurovision can provide a boost for the country’s image as well as its tourism. Isn’t it worth the sacrifice to at least invest in some of these two factors to carry on and be part of Eurovision? 

ST: Well, I believe the experts who know more about this than I do, have tried to correlate the benefits versus the cost and have come to the conclusion that to have once a year an infomercial connected with poor taste popular pop or simple weirdness. 

RT: What about the countries who do take part in this competition, do you think the crisis or the austerity and bailouts could affect the way people vote? It’s been said sometimes that people vote differently because of the political side of things? 

ST: Well, we’ve seen political voting all along. For instance, Cyprus and Greece awarded each other 12 points, while giving zero to Turkey. The Scandinavians in particular are notorious. The Swedes and Norwegians giving Denmark 12 and visa-versa, and also Finland and Estonia help each other... 

So there is no real correlation between voting patterns and the quality of the entries themselves. And as I have already said that quality can be pretty dismal most of the time. And even that one global hit that emerged from the Eurovision Song Contest, Abba’s Waterloo, from 1974, is just a typical example of cheesy tra-la-la europop. 


Notice: Undefined index: id_izvor in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/novosti.php on line 91
Source: RT, photo: AFP    
,




Comments (0) "Аdd comment

Notice: Use of undefined constant naslov - assumed 'naslov' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/zadnje_vesti.php on line 23 31.07.2015. Notice: Use of undefined constant id - assumed 'id' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/zadnje_vesti.php on line 29 US imposes further sanctions on Russia over Crimea, east Ukraine conflict
Notice: Use of undefined constant naslov - assumed 'naslov' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/zadnje_vesti.php on line 23 31.07.2015. Notice: Use of undefined constant id - assumed 'id' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/zadnje_vesti.php on line 29 Mistral talks between France and Russia are over – top Russian official
Notice: Use of undefined constant naslov - assumed 'naslov' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/zadnje_vesti.php on line 23 31.07.2015. Notice: Use of undefined constant id - assumed 'id' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/zadnje_vesti.php on line 29 US marines flying with unlicensed arms to Ukraine detained in Vienna, sent home
Notice: Use of undefined constant naslov - assumed 'naslov' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/zadnje_vesti.php on line 23 10.07.2015. Notice: Use of undefined constant id - assumed 'id' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/zadnje_vesti.php on line 29 Putin: Where was EU when Greek crisis was evolving?
Notice: Use of undefined constant naslov - assumed 'naslov' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/zadnje_vesti.php on line 23 10.07.2015. Notice: Use of undefined constant id - assumed 'id' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/vesti/zadnje_vesti.php on line 29 Greece submits debt proposals to creditors - Eurogroup






Notice: Use of undefined constant pitanjeid - assumed 'pitanjeid' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/pitanje.php on line 64 Notice: Undefined index: pitanjeid in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/pitanje.php on line 64 Notice: Use of undefined constant pitanjeid - assumed 'pitanjeid' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/pitanje.php on line 65 Notice: Undefined index: pitanjeid in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/pitanje.php on line 65 Notice: Use of undefined constant glasaj - assumed 'glasaj' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/pitanje.php on line 69 Notice: Use of undefined constant glasaj - assumed 'glasaj' in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/pitanje.php on line 76 Notice: Undefined variable: r in /var/www/vnews/htdocs/pitanje.php on line 109