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Lorraine Kelly blames changes to Eurovision voting for UK flop and 'rubbish' results

Lorraine Kelly blames changes to Eurovision voting for UK flop and 'rubbish' results

Lorraine Kelly has suggested that the UK's most recent Eurovision flop is linked to the jury vote system in place.

The 61-year-old television presenter, who was dismayed by the UK's recent Eurovision entry, suggested that we have received 'rubbish' results because the votes rely heavily on jury votes.

Her remarks came days after James Newman, representing the UK, ended up with nil points after performing his song Embers.

He was the only contestant to score zero points from the jury vote as well as the public vote, meaning he ended up at the bottom of the leader board.

Speaking about this weekend's humiliating results, Lorraine said on ITV: "Poor old James got zero, zilch, nada, nothing in Rotterdam this weekend."

She added: “We all used to vote for who we liked, and then they took it away from the public because obviously were too stupid and ever since then we’ve been rubbish. That’s all I’ve got to say about that.”

Some viewers watching Lorraine's show were quick to assume that the remarks were actually a dig at James and took to social media to share their thoughts.

“#Lorraine makes a mockery of #Eurovision,” wrote one critic.

“Lorraine is sooo two-faced last week she said the Eurovision song was good... now it wasn’t great... #Lorraine" added a second.

The way the current voting system works for Eurovision is that professional juries from each country choose their 10 favourite performances, giving 12 points to their favourite act, 10 points to their second favourite act - and so on. The public is also able to vote for their favourite countries and it works the same way as the jury vote.

There has been a mixed response to the past weekend's UK results, with some expressing fury while others suggested that it might even be 'revenge' for Brexit.

James, who is also the brother of chart-topper John Newman, put on a brave face following the devastating results as he was applauded by pals in Rotterdam.

Italian group Måneskin eventually stormed to victory in the Eurovision 2021 finale on Saturday night.

Following the show, commentator Graham Norton said: ""I mean, disappointing is putting it mildly. I'm trying to put a positive spin on it. But there is really no good on it. I feel so sorry for James."

In the days since the result, Piers Morgan has also weighed in and instead suggested that the song and performance were to blame.

He wrote on Twitter : "The UK didn't get 'nul points' in the Eurovision Song Contest because of some sinister revenge for Brexit. We got 'nul points' because we had a cr*p song, performed by a cr*p singer who gave a cr*p performance. End."

 

Source: msn.com
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