Would the BBC’s musical maestro really be a good idea for Eurovision?
I certainly think so, and it’s an argument I’ve made over the Eurovision discussion website www.escinsight.com/. But not as the singer who takes to the stage in melodic combat with the germans next May, but as the Guru/mentor in the background.
It even takes care of how to run the National Final! There’s bound to be sixteen good bands and singers out there that want to have a crack at Eurovision. The worrying point has always been how respectable it makes them look. Well if you take four a week into the “Later… With” studio, have them perform their song and chat to Jools afterwards, throw in a visiting Eurovision star (a Niamh Kavanagh and Jools Holland guest spot anyone?) and a simple “Vote now by SMS” caption at the end of each show and you have your four heats and a final, a winning song, a wonderful affirming National Final, and a way to send all the right signals about how serious the BBC are taking the 2011 contest.
More thoughts at ESC Insight.