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Impresario in Eurovision race claim

 
 
 
 
Impresario in Eurovision race claim

Andrew Lloyd Webber has blamed the UK's poor record at the Eurovision Song Contest on racism.

The star, 64, spoke out after a string of disappointments in recent years for UK acts including Javine Hylton, Andy Abraham, Jade Ewen and boyband Blue.

The impresario co-wrote the song performed by Jade, who came fifth in 2009.

Asked what he thought about Britain's record, Lloyd Webber told the Radio Times: "I don't think there's any point beating around the bush. I'll put it to you by asking you a question. 'Did you see the Eurovision Song Contest this year? (when Engelbert Humperdinck narrowly avoided coming last).

"If you had seen it, you might have noticed one thing - I don't think there was one black face on the programme."

He said: "At the press conference in Moscow (in 2009), 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..."

Asked whether he was saying that racism was the reason that Britain did not win, he said: "Well, 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."

A BBC spokesperson said: "The BBC is committed to Eurovision and has no evidence whatsoever of any racism around the event."

Swedish singer Loreen, 28, who is of Moroccan-Berber origin, won this year's Eurovision Song Contest. The former Swedish Idol contestant won with her club track Euphoria.

 

Source: music.uk.msn.com
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