Three times Eurovision Song Contest winner Johnny Logan has, in an interview with Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet talked about the Contest and the way it has changed over the years. He is dissatisfied with the missing orchestra, the voting system and the free language rule.
Johnny Logan describes the current Contest as being a karaoke contest which actually does more harm to the performers as they get no support from real musicians: It should be allowed with orchestras. I can't understand why there is only space for sound as a backing track. It lifts you musically to have an orchestra. As I see it, it is a big mistake to reduce the Eurovision Song contest to a karaoke competition.
Several of the problems are summarized by Johnny Logan like this: "The televoting system is too easy to abuse. People can call ten times. The singers are already before the show trying to arrange votes through other country's fan clubs. There is a fight to get the songs shown on TV and there is no requirements about people singing in their own language, he says and add that the people organizing the Eurovision Song Contest should have a kick in their arse".