Danish viewers disillusioned by Eurovision

by Richard West-Soley 58 views

Danish television viewers have become disillusioned with the Eurovision Song Contest, according to a report conducted for national broadcaster DR's committee this week.

Both the voting and Denmark's own commentators were the subject of complaints from viewers, according to the report. Many viewers felt that the vote was biased in favour of Eastern Europe although exactly how this was the case is not clear. DR was quick to emphasise that Serbia would have won the contest even with only Western European votes – the Danish televoters themselves awarded the country six points, although this does not address the possibility of diaspora voting.

Lack of neutrality
The commentators for Denmark, Søren Rasted and Adam Duvå Hall, came in for harsh criticism from viewers for their lack of neutrality, and their opinionated commentary. According to affronted viewers, the pair did not maintain a wide enough distance than was appropriate for the contest. Additionally, some of the information offered by Rasted in particular has turned out to be false, principally the suggestion that Denmark was the only other country before Serbia to win on its debut, back in 1957.

As far as consequences go, only time can tell how DR will act upon the report, and the unhappiness of viewers. One thing is certain: the broadcaster already has plans well under way to select its 2008 competitor, and despite modest viewing figures, a solid ninth place for the country at the first Eurovision Dance Contest is far from an embarrassing showing. In many ways, the report voices what had been said many times in the aftermath of this year's Eurovision Song Contest, and EBU plans to alter the preselection process may be enough to redress the balance in Danish viewers' eyes.

Richard West-Soley

Senior Editor

Richard's ESC history began way back in 1992, when he discovered the contest could fuel his passion for music and languages. Since then, it's been there at every corner for him in some way or another. He joined the esctoday.com team back in 2006, and quickly developed a love for writing about the contest. In his other life, he heads the development team at the learning resources company Linguascope, and writes about all aspects of language learning on the site Polyglossic.com.