The EBU has done today what the EBU has to do frequently and spoken up about how arrangements are proceeding for next years Eurovision Song Contest.
In short, yesterday there was going to be an announcement about where in Ukraine Eurovision 2017 was going to be. But at the last minute that announcement was postponed. Today, Eurovision Overlord Jon Ola Sand took time out to explain why that postponement had to happen.
The message? We need to make sure that all the arrangements are just so. There’s no point in rushing this. And, don’t worry all will be fine.
The fact the EBU even had to issue the statement says something a little dark about the Contest I love so very much.
I see lots of people on The Social Media getting all het-up about the apparent ineptitude of producers to make arrangements. Buried deep in that sneering indignance is a deluded sense of entitlement on the part of fans. The hidden message is that fans think they can (and should be allowed to) do better.
The reality is that this television programme and the logistics it demands are second nature only to one broadcaster and that’s Sweden’s SVT. The scale, cost and impact of the event both in a host city and on screen makes the programme a significant event to mount – there’s only twelve months to make that happen, the budget is huge and the pay-off doesn’t always equal the investment.
That the EBU felt they needed to issue an explanation only serves to highlight increasingly vocal minority who reckon (based on little practical experience of what’s actually involved) they could do better.
Eurovision’s foundations were rooted in a desire to showcase the technical achievements of a fledgling broadcast network. Eurovision is so successful now that it’s tremendous impact and reach are taken for granted by some of its most passionate fans who appear to never be satisfied.
The reality is that the event will happen. Tickets will go on sale. Hotel rooms will be available. If they’re not, you could always just watch it on TV. There’s a novel idea.
Read the EBU’s statement regarding the location of Eurovision 2017 here.