If ever there was a sign that belt-tightening is continuing, it’s this: Eurovision is unaffordable
That’s right, Europe’s annual singing contest will experience a drop in competitor numbers this year after Andorra, the Czech Republic and Montenegro all withdrew because of budget cuts – and Hungary declined from entering at all.
Norway itself, which is hosting the event this year, said it had to cut back the production of TV drama and other entertainment shows to be able to stage the competition. And even then, commentators are saying the nation is spending a lot less than for past contests.
So while it may be nice to win this competition – which is now in it’s 55th year – will those in the tomorrow’s final actually be aiming for ‘nul points’ on the night to avoid winning, and therefore paying for the running of, next year’s show?