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November 12, 2009

Nul Points

by Tim Moore

Go on, admit it. Come May time and, whether you like it or not, you find yourself strangely drawn to the TV and hunker down for another evening of Eurocringe. And for those of us who grew up in the UK, Eurovision was for many years synonymous with Wogan’s wit, though sadly even he has become disillusioned by the corruptness of the politically-weighted voting and is no longer the ironic voice of Eurovision.

In this book, the author tracks down the contest’s thirteen nul-pointers and reveals whether the dubious distinction of coming dead last has helped or hindered their post-Eurovision careers. Some encounters are predictably less successful than others – how would you like to have your past failures thrown in your face and put in print? – whereas the author is surprisingly well received by others. Moore tries to find out what on earth possessed some of these “artists” to act, dress, perform the way they did – were they serious? Was the demise of Norway’s Teigen all down to him twanging his braces and doing the flying splits? What about compatriot Finn Kalvik – why so serious? And Jemini – why?

A fresh and entertaining look at the contest we love to hate, I give it a solidtrois points.

James’ out-of-five star rating: ***

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