WHAT THE PAPERS SAY: Russia's win due to 'bloc voting'

Another abysmal showing from Britain in the Eurovision song contest brought strong hints from host Terry Wogan that he might not make another appearance, declaring that it was 'no longer a music contest' (The Daily Telegraph, 26 May).

Blatant bloc voting by Russia's Eastern European neighbours turned this year's Eurovision into a 'musical comedy show' (Daily Express, 26 May).

Despite Wogan backing UK entrant Andy Abraham, saying he was 'the best UK entry for a while' (The Times, 23 May), Abraham finished joint last.

The BBC faced a call from Lib Dem MP Richard Younger-Ross to 'withdraw its funding until there is a fair voting system' (Metro, 26 May).

Max Clifford said: 'Terry Wogan is spot on. It's about politics and bloc voting and nothing to do with the merits of a song' (Daily Mirror, 26 May).

The Times (22 May) pointed out that the last time Britain won was in May 1997, while The Guardian (23 May) called for the event to be rebranded 'European Idol... and get Simon Cowell to organise it'.

Analysis conducted by Echo Research from data supplied to PRWeek from NewsNow.


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