Love it or hate it, the Eurovision Song Contest hits our screens in Europe tomorrow night.
In my oinion, the contest is outdated, strongly controversial in reference to "back scratching" points awarding, and a bit of an extravagance in the
current financial times. However, my opinion is not important.
As the title of the thread says, the Spanish entrant, Pastora Soler, has been asked by a Spanish state run broadcaster, not to win, because Spain
could not afford to stage the event next year, as is customary.
I am aware that there are also counter-claims out there, denying the story:
So, in light of this, does anyone else think that given the obvious financial difficulties in many european countries at the moment, that this event
is in bad taste? Maybe we should ask the people suffering most from austerity in these countries.
The cost this year, is estimated at a staggering $75.5 million. I am not sure though if that figure is on top of this one (within below source)
"The Eurovision venue, Baku Crystal Hall - a complete glass and steel concert hall to seat 23,000 and built exclusively for the contest cost local
authorities an astonishing $134 million USD. According to a spending review published by Tol, part of the funds to build the venue spending review
published by Tolwere already earmarked in the budget for renovating water and sanitation systems in Azerbaijan's region and for increasing salaries
Comments welcome. PS No Jedward jokes with me living in Ireland and all!
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