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May 27, 2012

Eurovision: Humperdinck Wuz Robbed

Sweden won the Eurovision song contest, a yearly competition held among member countries of the European Broadcasting Union. You can see why in the opening paragraph of this Reuters report.

Sweden's Loreen won the Eurovision Song Contest in Azerbaijan on Sunday before an international TV audience of 100 million, days after angering Azeri authorities by meeting rights activists critical of the host country's human rights record.

(Emphasis added.) You see, Azerbaijan is a hellhole, and some genius decided the contest should be held there. So a performer had to be a triple threat to win: singing, dancing, and acting like you knew about the poor and downtrodden in Azerbaijan before you arrived there a few days ago.


Loreen Doing Her Spooky Halloween Sweat Act

Lucky for Loreen, she got a heads up, after 76 year old Englebert Humperdinck was mauled on the street by a crusading reporter. The reporter wanted to know how Humperdinck could possibly be performing in Eurovision when Azerbaijan has such a miserable human rights record.

Eurovision hopeful Engelbert Humperdinck was left furious after being confronted about host nation Azerbaijan’s shameful human rights record.

Panorama reporter Paul Kenyon stunned the British entrant when he approached him and asked him why he was taking part in this weekend’s competition, screened by the BBC.

The 76-year-old singer stayed calm and smiled throughout the incident but he and his entourage were said to be fuming. The scene will be shown on the BBC documentary tonight, despite pleas from within the organisation to drop it.

It's almost as if Humperdinck chose the venue. So this hero reporter decides to ambush an old man on the street and damage his prospects... to enhance his own. What a douche. Humperdinck was there to sing, not fight evil.

So Englebert came in 25th. The online poll at that link indicates a majority of people in the UK think it's all about politics, not Humperdinck's age or talent. Some in the UK are wondering whether they should simply withdraw from all future Eurovision contests.

And when another suggested we needed Robbie Williams to fly the flag for us to give us a chance, the This Morning presenter replied: "Not even Robbie could win it for us, it's too political."

Commenting on Mirror Online, reader Beryl Douglas agreed. She wrote: "It's time to end the farce which is called 'Eurovision Song Contest', it's out of date now.

"The voting is political and has nothing to do with the artist, the voice or the song.

I think the UK should send Englebert Humperdinck back every year. Stick it to 'em. He's perfect for it, anyway. There is no better showman or voice. According to my mom, that man can croon.

All he has to do next time is identify the oppressed people and check the concern box.

Let me propose a new name for the contest: the Eurozone Political Posturing & Primitive Display Contest.

(Inspired by mom.)

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