11:15 pm - 07/03/2012

Andrew Lloyd Webber: 'Eurovision racism hurt UK acts'

Andrew Lloyd Webber has said that racism in Europe is a reason for the UK's poor performances in the Eurovision Song Contest.

The composer's Your Country Needs You TV show picked 2009 entrant and later-Sugababe Jade Ewen, who finished fifth in Russia with a song co-written by Lloyd Webber.

"I don't think there's any point beating around the bush," Lloyd Webber told Radio Times.

"Did you see the Eurovision Song Contest this year? Well, if you had seen it, you might have noticed one thing - I don't think there was one black face on the programme."

He continued: "At the press conference in Moscow, I was asked, 'Why have you brought a black artist?'

"I said, 'Because she is the most talented artist that we had and I think she's a major, major star'. I think we would have come second but there's a problem when you go further east."

Lloyd Webber added: "It doesn't mean that we would necessarily have won that year but we could have come second.

"If you're talking about Western Europe - Germany, fine; France, fine; Spain, fine; Greece, fine; Scandinavian countries, fine. But Ukraine? Not so good."

During the interview, Lloyd Webber also claimed that none of the acts on The Voice UK could sing in tune.

cricketgrl 3rd-Jul-2012 10:54 pm (UTC)
I don't know if it's changed from 15 years ago but even the most progressive Amsterdam and Belgium were rather racist.

Murrika has it's problems but the racism here is miles better than Europe, Australia and Russia.
hocus_pocus 3rd-Jul-2012 10:58 pm (UTC)
Lmfao Amsterdam (btw which is a city not a country) and the Netherlands all together have a Christmas holiday with blackface so no, it's not progressive.
beatlesluv 3rd-Jul-2012 11:47 pm (UTC)
Seriously? Black face at xmas?
jeugd1 4th-Jul-2012 02:23 am (UTC)
yep, They are called "Zwarte Piet" (black Peter) and they are Santa's slaves
beatlesluv 4th-Jul-2012 01:44 pm (UTC)
So disturbed and disgusted right now :/
piratesswoop 4th-Jul-2012 09:45 pm (UTC)
<img src="http://www.thespoiler.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/01/ramosblackface2.jpg> nagl, sergio :|
beatlesluv 5th-Jul-2012 02:55 am (UTC)
WOW... excuse me while I just...pick up the pieces of my heart rn :/
corporeal 4th-Jul-2012 12:50 pm (UTC)
Thank you.
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